I have been given the amazing gift of friendship. So many people have come in and out of my life at different times. Some have stayed. Some have gone. Some see me everyday. Some I don't see for years at a time. Some I talk to everyday. Some I have no contact with.
But they are all my friends. And I love friends!
In a season where I am making new friends everyday, this old children's song has been on my mind.
Make new friends.
But keep the old.
One is silver.
And the other, gold.
I may spend most of my time in new relationships right now...kind of like the jewelry I wear everyday. But I have not forgotten anyone. And when I do get the chance to spend time with any of my 'old friends' it feels like a special occasion!
Here's to God making my 'new friends' feel like 'old friends' and many special occasions in my future. Old and New...of equal importance. They are both precious!
Do you have any 'new friends'? We are called to relationship. Love of others...kind of a big deal in the Bible. And not just the same 'others' year after year. In my experience so far, I would say that God is ever-carving out new opportunities or relationships in order to spread his life-giving message. My most fruitful ministry has always started with a 'new friend'. Lord, help me bear much fruit for you.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds"