Well, you have heard it said a thousand times “That’s what friends are for!”
If we made a poll of everyone with a friend, and we asked them what friends are for, we would get a few different answers… My question is are we really interested in true friends? Most of the “memes” I see spread across countless Facebook feeds talk about how a friend is pretty much our little person that tells me how awesome I am, 24-7… These memes are quickly followed by a “Haters gonna Hate” post stating that anyone that disagree with them is not a true friend… I want to talk about what I believe TRUE friends are for.
I remember a time after I taught a class at our church bible school, a guy challenged me on something I talked about on a recent Sunday service. Ok let’s pause right here: How do you respond in this scenario? (I should mention that this guy was completely humble and in no way trying to prove he was smarter than me). Let’s think about it, a person, says to you “If you are saying what I think you are saying, it isn’t right!” In the past I would have instantly become very defensive! Even if I was clearly wrong I would have tried to defend my “honor” in being smarter than he. Fortunately I didn’t do that, this time. We simply talked, we both had valid points and at the end of the conversation I realized something very important, I thought “Hey, this guy could be my friend!”
A true friend does something incredible for you, THEY TELL YOU THE TRUTH!
“Your friend?!” you ask? Well YES, my friend! So what’s the moral of the story here? What are friends for? To me a true friend does something incredible for you, THEY TELL YOU THE TRUTH! They don’t baby you, they don’t try and make you feel like a super hero when you are clearly not. They tell you that you aren’t a super hero, so try to be one! The truth is an incredible thing, it will actually set you free, it will take you from being locked up in a mindset, or trapped in a lie, or hey, just that you have something stuck in your teeth, and cause you to no longer be tripped up by those things!
A TRUE friend is a commodity that we should not take for granted. We need to remember that those that merely “puff you up” are not really the friends you need! Who are the people in your life that can tell you the truth right now? I say go find them, and find out what they really think! Why? Because it will set you free! That’s what friends are for.