“I have no duty to be anyone’s Friend and no man in the world has a duty to be mine. No claims, no shadow of necessity. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” C.S. Lewis,
Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And earth has nothing I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
I’ll attempt to stay on some sort of topic with this post, however, rambles may abound. 🙂
A fun food-eating, java drinking, Brailling day spend in the sun with my best friend and confidant has caused me to take a serious and concerted evaluation of my life and those who are in it. Have you ever reached the point where you’re like, I know what I want, and I will no longer compromise? That’s where I am. I used to erroneously believe having standards, goals or trust in myself and my intuition was selfish, but as life goes on, as friends come and go, as I experience more of this world, I wholeheartedly want to only live for my four loves: God, my little one, authentic friends, and family.
The quality of my friends is more important than the quantity. I have a few dear friends who are able to see me for who I am, flaws and all, without judgments, or pretenses, and these are the people I want to walk through life with. We may not always talk, but when we pick up where we left off it’s as if time was never a factor in our lives. This is a true friend.
I absolutely love Pope Francis’s call to encounter our culture; get out there and meet people where they are and accept them for who they are, for this is the great commission of Christ. This is what I find so enriching about friendships no matter their length. As our papa has said many times, it’s better to build bridges rather than walls.
Let’s always remember God has a plan for those who are only in our lives for a season or reason. Maybe it’s to teach us some valuable lesson only their unique life experiences can teach. Maybe it’s to shake us awake to the realization that we come into this world as vulnerable beings with only our creator to thank for our existence, and at death, when we make that solo journey into eternity we will once again leave this world with only God by our side.
I write this for you as well as a reminder to myself for those days friendships seem distant; while our earthly friendships are like a garden that must be meticulously maintained in order for growth, there is only one friendship, one relationship above all we must cultivate and tend to on a daily basis. Whether it’s through prayer, song, reading or just having a good old talk with God, He will never without purpose let us down, disappoint or do all of the myriad of hurtful things we as flawed humans do to each other.
“Lord, I believe in you — increase my faith. I trust in you — strengthen my trust. I love you — let me love you more and more.
I worship you as my first beginning, I long for you as my last end, I praise you as my constant helper, and call on you as my loving protector.
Guide me by your wisdom, correct me with your justice, comfort me with your mercy, protect me with your power.
I offer you, Lord, my thoughts — to be fixed on you; my words — to have you for their theme; my actions – to reflect my love for you; my sufferings — to be endured for your greater glory.”
Until next time,