05.07.18 | Students Resources

    “So No One Told You Life was Gonna be this Way” *clap clap clap clap*

    Show of hands, how many of you have a best friend? Show of hands, how many of you have a best friend who could finish your sentences and guess the number you’re thinking of and remember your birthday before you do? Aren’t those people the biggest blessings in the entire world?! It’s so important to find those people your soul is drawn to and keep them close.

    This week especially I have been reminded of how amazing my friends are and how I’ve even been granted the opportunity to extend a hand of friendship to people I never dreamed I would reach. In saying that, God has shown me so much about myself and many qualities of a friend I’d like to share with you today!

    “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

    -Proverbs 18:24

    I could probably count the number of true friends I have on one hand. Not saying that I don’t try to be a friend to everyone, but I’m talking about the people who know my heart. The people who have seen me fail time and time again over the same things and continue to love me and guide me on the right path. Do you know who I’m talking about? The people who know your story because they’ve lived it with you. What good is it to have a multitude of friends, but no one to turn to in a time of need? It is so important to have people who aren’t afraid to call you out when you mess up, or sit you down and give you tough love. Those people are the gifts God gives you to not only weather the storm, but water the flowers as well. 

    “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

    Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do was cry? Like not just a little, but wanted to curl up in a ball and just sob? I think we all have, regardless of whether or not we’re willing to admit it. I know that in those moments it’s such a relief for me to have a friend to turn to and just talk everything out. On the other side of that it’s also important to be a friend like that. Some people don’t feel like they have a place to go or a friend to listen when they need it most. Yes, of course God is always there for anyone who cries out to Him, but sometimes He uses us as His mouthpiece if we’re willing to obey. As people facing a fallen world, we have to take every opportunity to lift each other up. 

    “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

    -John 15:13

    When I read this verse, the first example I thought of was Jesus laying His life down for us , and what an unconditional love that must be. He put us before himself as we are to do for others. To lay down one’s life for a friend shows the greatest form of love. To be quite transparent I can’t imagine the strength it would take to truly sacrifice oneself for a friend, a brother, a stranger… anyone. Thankfully Jesus has already done that and what a peace it should give us! He has shown us firsthand the greatest form of unconditional and undying love so we never have to wonder what it feels like!

    This week I challenge you to look for an opportunity to be a friend to someone unexpected. Sometimes God places people who are in need right in front of you and we miss it because we just aren’t looking! Don’t miss out on the chance to listen, uplift, or encourage someone.

    -Morgan Strain