Monday, May 13, 2013

The Best Compliment

So, I think I've finally realized what I want to be when I grow up...
drum roll please...
a good friend. 
 Dorky, right, but true.
 I want to be kind of friend that makes an impact,
the kind that keeps your secrets,
 the kind that gives advice that is loving, wise, and seasoned with salt,
the kind that encourages when you are down, and helps pick you up,
the kind that loves well,
the kind that speaks truth in love. 
That's what I want to be.
And I know I can only do it with God's help. 
 I know that without God, there is no wisdom, only worldly opinion,
 and there is no truth with love, only judgement. 

So today, when I sent a discouraged friend a message,
and I received the following reply,
 it made my day,
my week,
maybe my month.
  "Thank you so much.  You have no idea how much I need that. The Lord sends you things when you no doubt need them most." 

You see, what greater compliment can I receive than to know the Lord used me to encourage today?  I say this not with any pride in my heart about anything I did,
but with thankful heart that God allowed me the opportunity to give a friend a boost today,
 that He gave me the words that this person needed to hear.

Today also reignited a passion to be studying God's word regularly. 
I want to be wise,
I want to speak truth,
and the only way to do that is to be knowledgeable in the things and ways of God. 

So here's to great friends, those that change our lives for the better!


Melissa said...

Well, I for one, think you have this whole "good friend" thing figured out! You always know what to say to make me feel good about myself!

Alysia said...

This is so good!!!!!

Sarah Shumate said...

I have been trying to do this same thing for the past year, too. Be a better friend, I mean. At first it involved letting go of some "friends", but once I did, it made room in my life for the people I truly cared about. A couple of them have even noticed the change, especially in how available I am to them. It feels good to be able to show someone else how much they mean to you and to be there for them. So I know what you're talking about! :o)