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The Gift of a Friend

The Gift of a Friend

Isn’t it funny how a song can get stuck in your head and remain there for days? I know there’s some research out there about why and how songs “get stuck” in our minds, but I just wonder… What if God puts songs in our heads for a specific reason? Maybe to direct our minds a certain way, or maybe to have handy in order to help someone else.

I’ve had a song on my heart the last several days which is the inspiration for this post. I’ll share some of the lyrics with you.

The world comes to life and everything’s right
From beginning to end when you have a friend by your side
That helps you to find the beauty you are when you open your heart
And believe in the gift of a friend

Why are friends so important? Do we really need other people in our lives? After all, many claim the personality trait of “introversion,” which requires alone time in order to recharge. Yet… we still need others in our lives?

If you were to stop and chat with an orphaned child or a homeless man, or even if you were to simply withdraw yourself from all communication with others for a day or two, you would quickly realize that, no matter the level of “introversion,” everybody needs somebody.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Two are better than one.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9a) But have you read the context of that verse lately? It sheds a whole new light on the near trite expression. Let’s look at the surrounding verses in the New International Version, just for a little better readability.

There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless – a miserable business!

That’s a lot of words, but basically Solomon described a person who has no one – no friends, family, nothing to live for. Yet, he works and he labors… but for what? He’s never satisfied with money or work.

AH! But then comes the verse we all know…

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

It’s so much better to have people in your life. When you’re not having the best of days, those people give you a reason to do well and succeed, a reason to get up and keep going. Those close to you should make you want to live life well!

Remember that in order to have friends, we have to be a friend. It’s amazing what happens when we make the effort to reach out to people – all of a sudden, others start reaching out to us!

And isn’t it wonderful that there is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. If you know Jesus and have a relationship with Him, then you always have a reason to keep going, no matter what happens in every other relationship. So above all other relationships on this earth, don’t forget to maintain the most important One.

Ciao for now,