When I was growing up, my mom gave me some really good thoughts on friendships. She would always encourage me to have lots of different friends & to not just have one, key friend. I can still hear her tell me not to “put all of my eggs in one basket.” This advice has really helped me over the years to be open to having lots of different kinds of friends – some young, some smart, some kind, some silly, some reflective, some old, some cheeky, . . . . The diversity makes for some fantastic conversations, insights & interactions!
My mom also encouraged me that friendships go through seasons. Furthermore, I picked up from Joyce Meyers that God puts friendships in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. The reason, season & lifetime ideas have really helped me to keep a healthy perspective on the various relationships that God brings into & removes from my life. Some friendships God brings for a reason – to help us grow, change, etc. Some friendships come into our life for a season – they have a limited duration & for whatever reason, they seem to dissapate after a time. Finally, there are a few friendships that last for a lifetime. I think that the lifetime friendships are few & far between, but I highly treasure these relationships. Recently, I had one of these friends pop through Denver for a few days & I’m musing today on God’s love to me, expressed through this wonderful friendship. I’m keenly aware that my friend is ultimately a conduit through whom God expresses His love to me and how great is the Father’s love for us!!