Just like anything fruitful, friendships take lots of work.
This work requires lots of humility, lots of patience, & lots of opportunities to choose peace.
My pastor gave a message on being less offendable a couple of weeks ago. He did an illustration to show us how each offense we receive will eventually build a fence to block that person out.
Oh how this can be true with our friendships.
Offenses in my life often come through text messages. Texts can be taken way out of proportion. I’m embarrassed to say this but when people are super direct and don’t use emoji’s or extra words for kindness, I can get offended.
I know. So dumb!
But so true. When my pastor preached this sermon I was all like 🙌. His illustration simply brought so much awareness in my life. I think of that fence often. Do I want that for my friendships? Absolutely not.
And I bet you don't either.
So let’s not allow our friendships to get there.
Last night I celebrated the birthday of one of my best friends. She’s the definition of spontaneous. So in keeping with that we spontaneously planned our night a couple of hours before- a picnic in the middle of this huge festival at our local park.
We stopped by a Thai restaurant, picked up our order, and headed to the park. I'm not sure why we thought Thai food was fitting for our little picnic celebration. But we loved every bite of it.
A swarm of gnats was our cue to head back to my house to continue the celebration. We baked cookies and had the ultimate dance party.
This is what I call friendship.
Friends who have walked many seasons of life together and yet we still adore one another. We make time for each other, we celebrate hard, love continuously, and keep each other belly laughing. And send emoji's with our text messages 😉
Fight for your friendships.