I had dinner last night with a group of precious girl friends. Really good girlfriends.
We, as dorky as it might be, call ourselves “besties” and hang out together as much as possible. Our dinners always result in laughter that sprays sweet tea through our noses, laughter though tears and sometimes just plain ole tears! When we can’t get together for a while we “gather” via emails or text messages. Each of us knows that when a prayer request is made, it WILL be taken seriously. Our Besties will do all they can to stop what they are doing and pray. I am blessed to have several groups of friends that I can count on in times of need AND times of celebration. When my life seems to be falling apart and the tears won’t stop OR when I want to shout for joy about some new adventure and don’t want to appear prideful or braggy–just HAPPY and blessed!
Our “Besties” desire is to truly live for God, to obey scripture and “encourage each other with God’s Word” (1 Th 4:18). We don’t allow too much slack with one another and have mastered the iron sharpens iron practice.
Unfortunately, this theory of “Besties” can be turned upside down and inside out if we are not careful.
When we choose the wrong friends, when we hang out with the WRONG Crowd, continually hearing the wrong WORDS, we can find ourselves in pity party paralysis.
There is a story in the Bible found in John 5:1-15 where Jesus, headed to a dinner party, came upon a group of people who had chosen to hang out with the wrong crowd. He found a group of people who instead of gathering with friends who shared words of life, lived in the land of defeat and helped one another stay there.
The Bible says in John 5:3
“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for 38 years years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?” If you d0..”Get up and walk!”.
In other words, get out of this spot, change your environment, get away from this crowd. Just walk away.
I encourage you friend to take a look at who you have chosen to hang out with.
Obviously, some situations are forced upon us. Sometimes you have no options. We can’t always choose our fellow workers, our family or our neighbors.
However, we ALWAYS have a “Get up and walk” to add some new friends and a new environment. You can WALK AWAY, at least for a few hours, and join up with some people who Choose to trust God. Who Choose Life. Who Choose faith. And will inspire you to choose the same thing.
Tell me friend, do you have some “Besties”?
How do you keep this relationships fresh?
What do you need to hear from me or other readers today that will help you “Get up and walk?”
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Next post–I want to share what us “Besties” talked about last night! We solved a HUGE life problem! No kidding. Stay tuned.