Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!
Friends are important. Jesus…. had friends. Jesus invested in the lives of his friends. Relationships require time and effort… but like the verse says, reliable friends who do what they say are REFRESHING!
I was sitting with the cast of the ISHINE tour this past weekend, and it really made me aware of something.
The Rubyz were talking about how fun it is to be on tour with their friends that are doing the same things they are doing… caring about music, dancing, ministering… and how hard it is to go back home. Back where not everyone understands what they are about. Why they choose a career in Christian music over the cheerleading team at their local high school…. that type of thing.
It made me think about what makes us feel connected. We feel connected when we share similar interests. We also feel connected to someone when we know their story. If you hear someone talking about a real event in their real life, you feel like you know them. So, if learning about someone else makes you feel connected to them, maybe we should make a deliberate effort to learn about the people around us. maybe we should be diligent to share who we are and what we think and care about with others. you never know what someone else has going on.
If you were in school with one of the Rubyz and you knew they were performing in front of thousands on a regular basis, you might think they had it all. You definitely wouldn’t presume that they felt “out of place” or “different than everyone else”… wow, huh?! Guess what…at the risk of a major cheese factor, “we are all in this together”.
To make a friend, you have to be a friend. To keep a friend you have to stay a friend.
Today, invest in someone, learn their story. Find a way to connect… and be refreshed.