“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” –Proverbs 18:24
Welcome back to my blog page beautiful people!
I am glad you are back reading yet another blog.
As many of you know I am still doing a Mind, Body and Soul cleansing for the month of February. So far it has been good; many things have happened but I guess that means I am doing something right (right?)
I want to focus specifically on friendships for this blog post.
Personally, I feel like friendships are very important. I enjoy having friends but I also enjoy having a small circle of friends due to less drama and other issues. I always enjoy being around like-minded people with similar goals as myself.
In regards to friendships, I feel as though it is important to be around individuals who encourage and support you. It feels great to have friends that encourage you to reach your goals and support you (support can be broad); having dead weight friends is not the greatest.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I also think a friendship rests heavily on interests and dislikes. No, I am not saying to be strict with choosing friends, but I am saying that everyone you encounter is not necessarily a “friend” but can easily be an acquaintance and that is okay.
When you began to view everyone you meet as a friend, you than surround yourself with just anyone and anything and before you know it you are miserable, there is drama, your morals and boundaries are consistently being challenged, and (depending on the situation) you can feel convicted by some of the things you do or places you go with your friend.
What I am trying to say is,” birds of a feather flock together!” If your not a bird you wouldn’t be flocking with birds or if you are a seagull you will not be flying with blue jays.
As a young Christian it is important to be cautious where you go or what you do. Why? Well, it can mess up your witness, your testimony, and confuse others. Also the people you are “flocking” with may not understand the choices you make and that may leave you doubting or second guessing your relationship with Christ or sometimes feeling like the outcast of you group of friends or the odd one out.
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” -Proverbs 13:20
For me, I am a Jesus chaser, a go to churcher, liturgical dancer, read poems, and lead praise and worship type of gal but I am also a down to earth, (sometimes) moody and cranky, goofy, corny, hilarious, vibrant, open minded kind of girl. Yes, sometimes my sense of humor can be disturbing but I assure you I am working on that (lol). I find it very comforting to surround myself with other individuals who share the same interest and desire for Christ while at the same time being very down to earth and non-judgmental.
I encourage you to show yourself friendly, just be careful who you deal with. Not everyone has the best intentions for you and not everyone fits into the purpose, plan, or calling Christ has for you. Some individuals can get saved by the life you live and some may doubt Christ by the mistakes you make but by having those around you (in your circle) who truly know, understand, and accept you for you, you will be able to go to them for encouragement, support, and advice without feeling like you fell from the pedestal you were placed on.
That’s how I found myself feeling. As a young Christian, at times I felt like some of my peers placed me on a pedestal and viewed me as the church girl that has “living holy” down to a T.
THAT IS WRONG I AM NOT MISS PERFECT!
Some things I found it hard to talk to them about because I was supposed to have it all together and plus I didn’t want to negatively impact there view of a Christian person. God is still working in my life and with me about friendships.
Also in this blog I am not saying that as a Christian individual just have Christian friends. No that is not my argument! Basically I am just saying be careful, love all, be happy, feel comfortable. If you feel like your friendship does not agree with your relationship with Christ or you find yourself feeling convicted every time you talk to them or go out with them, just evaluate that friendship. I strongly encourage you to do so.
I also encourage prayer. Pray to God about that friendship and ask Him if its one worth keeping and feeding. He will open your eyes and possibly even end that friendship for you if you do not have the strength to do so. Trust me, I speak from experience.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” –Jeremiah 29:12
Thank you guys for reading!