Pleasant speech multiplies friends, and gracious lips, prompt friendly greetings. Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. Sirach 6:5-6
This week has been filled with the wisdom of Sirach and today’s insights hit the mark once more. He exhorts me to the difference between those who are casual acquaintances and those who are true friends. His words challenge me to ask if I am being a friend! Am I being someone who is trustworthy, consistent, loyal, and is there when times are good but relentless when things get hard. A faithful friend is beyond price, a sturdy shelter, a faithful remedy, is a lifesaving remedy, is a treasure… Sir 5: 14-16.
Relationships take time, and a true disposition of selflessness. Making time and giving mindshare to the needs of others requires a great deal in this day and age. No one has enough hours in the day anymore so when you give your time, talent and treasure to someone, it is the pearl of great price. It is so much easier to write a check than to volunteer to be present. I am blessed to have friends and be one. Each opportunity to share a meal, a walk or even a car ride enriches me
I treasure the gift that is each moment. I am fortunate that my family is counted among my true friends. Blood does not always make friendship a reality. For many it is the antithesis.
God please give me a heart for loving those in my life… Help me to be a friend in all the depth and meaning of the word! Give me patience, kindness, humility, and the desire to be always Your servant in my relationships. Lord, help me to be You!