As we travel along this journey of life, we need support. Our relationship with God provides a source of strength. Our relationship with others is necessary support as well. God did not design us to function alone, outside of community. Friendships are important. I am fortunate to say that I have great friends. I’d like to think that’s partly due to being a good friend.
In the last year, both the new and old friends have been very supportive of me and the process of recovery I have had to endure. Some people may have fair weather friends or fair weather people in the life. Where, as long as it’s going good, they are your friend. But as soon as it goes bad, they don’t want anything to do with you. Those are not true friends. You may be tempted to hold onto them because “anything is better than nothing.” But the truth is that letting them go will free you up to receive new friendships.
Our friendships say a lot about our character. And they also add to development of our character. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Simply put, your friends should make you better. If they don’t make you better or enhance your life, we must evaluate the cost and benefits of keeping them as a friend. Some people’s part in our story is temporary. That’s okay. The key is recognizing when the scene is over.