I am blessed with an amazing group of people with whom I get to do life. When I stop and think about it, I am spoiled to have so many friends who I would consider close, with whom I am confortable to share my life whether they are living in my house with me (shout out to my wonderful roommate!), down the road, in a different state, or a different time zone.
I find myself appreciating the relationships around me most when I approach them with intentionality. If I plan to have lunch with a friend and make sure that we don't just shoot the breeze and talk about the weather but really talk about what is going on in our lives and how we're struggling or what successes we've enjoyed, it makes our time together seem so much sweeter. I feel like I have invested in our relationship instead of just having someone come over to eat. I could have people who are just "lunch buddies" all day long. But when I care enough to share my heart or ask them about theirs, real relationship happens. And that's what it's all about.
I'm a big proponent of discipleship. And I think that largely means intentional relationship. I have a friend who is older than me and further along in life than me with whom I meet every week (with few exceptions, we've been doing this for six years and some change). We usually drink coffee and sit in her living room (or on her porch now that the weather's nice!) and share about our lives. We often do a Bible study together or go through a book together, but mostly we just talk. We talk about what challenges we're facing or what wins we've experienced. I've learned from her as she's married and a mom and in a different stage of life than me. We take time out of our lives to meet every week. To be intentional. And it's worth it.
So, I try to do the same thing with people who are younger than me, who are in a different stage of life than me, but in the opposite way. Maybe they're still in school or living with their parents or brand new to loving Jesus. Maybe they can learn from me, but I've found that often I'm still the one learning.
All this to say, I'm learning more and more how life is made so much sweeter when you share it with other people on purpose. In fact, I'm meeting a new friend for coffee this afternoon. Then catching up with some old ones later tonight. I am one friend-blessed girl!
|Just a handful of the wonderful people I get to call friends. Love them.|