Friends Are Friends Forever, Right?

The family and I are heading to Canton, IL this weekend to visit lifelong friends of ours, The Formhals. Cary and Angie have been friends since our first day of college – he was our married housing RA and she was our resident babysitter for Kayla. “Catfish,” as we called him, is one of those guys I can call no matter what and he’s always there to listen.

They say that you can count the number of lifelong friends on one hand. Take a moment to reflect on those you might place in this category. Did that take long? Probably not.

“Duke University and University of Arizona sociologists found the average number of people who are considered close confidants dropped by nearly one-third, from 2.94 in 1985 to 2.08 in 2004.”

True friends are those that love you unconditionally. That means no matter the circumstance, the situation, the rumors…they are with you. It doesn’t mean they always agree with you (that’s enabling) but they are there to challenge you, pray for you, kick you in the butt…you get the idea. Most importantly? True friends NEVER ABANDON YOU…

25% percent of the population today feel like they have no one to confide in. That can be a very lonely and dark place. I want to challenge you to look for an opportunity TODAY to impact someone’s life by letting them know that you are there. It might be a simple smile, a quick “hello” or a word of encouragement. I’m not asking you to be a “lifelong” friend…but hey, you never know when a simple conversation can change your life (and theirs!) forever.

They say that we will be the same in ten years except for the books we read and the people we meet. For those of you who have reminded me recently that life is still a wonderful adventure, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s to the next decade!

Grace and peace…

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