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Friends Forever

Hello Friend!

Do you have friends or are you in search of a friend and you are not even aware of it? Who would you tell me is your friend and what are some of the characteristics of a true friend?

Many will say that a friend is someone who understands you, and if they don’t, they try to. A friend wants to know what you’re all about and what you need. A friend is somebody who is there for you when they can be, but also sets boundaries when they need to. Many things make someone a good friend, and the definition of what makes a true friendship is, I believe, mostly based on our emotions and how we feel about the relationship. Don’t get me wrong, emotions have their place in each and every relationship but that is not what true friendship should be based on – feelings!

Some friendships start because of shared interests. Others grow from proximity or common life circumstances. Friendships can be based on many things. But there is something uniquely special about a friendship based on the Word of God.

There are guidelines and principles that can help us excel in relationships and to understand people. I will share with you 5 elements of true friendship which I hope will help you evaluate your friends and friendships.

 

  1. A friend should be a source of encouragement and lifting

Proverbs 27:17 tells us that iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 17:17 also tells us that a friend loves at all times and a brother is born out of adversity.

The above two Proverbs tell us of the types of friendships we need to invest in. If any of your friendships do not culminate in any form of sharpening, that friendship is useless. There are many friends and friendships that do not serve us. There are people with whom we spend numerous amounts of time with and at the end of the day, we leave them feeling so empty. We feel so drained and as though they have completely sucked the life out of us. These types of friends are only available when they need something or in certain circumstances. If someone is truly your friend, their commitment to you should not depend on circumstances. A friend should be a source of encouragement and lifting. My friend, how much time are you wasting with people who you believe are your friends.

 

  1. How many friends do you have?

The same book of Proverbs cautions us and tells us that a man of many companions may come to ruin.

How many friends do you have? As a society, we pride ourselves on having very many friends and the truth is, they will be there as long as things in your life are going well. At the first sight of trouble, how many of them do you believe will stay? How many people do you share your life with? I don’t mean acquaintances; I mean true friends? If your life, my friend, is not uncommon to the extent that it will drive certain people away, then it means you have no values and principles. Every person who calls themselves your friend should be able to see the template of their life in you by the activities you engage in. If you hang out with drunkards, my friends, be sure that this is the template people will connect to you because of the vibe that you give out. We are living in a world where we think that because everyone is comfortable with us, it makes us a friend – no. This means that you have no standards and therefore something is wrong.

 

  1. A friend is someone who you allow to influence your life

If you are afraid of being controversial, you must forget about being a Leader. It takes courage to be controversial and exceptional in life. The reason we have many friends is because we want to agree with everybody. Many of us are afraid of defining our standards because we are afraid our standards will rob us of certain people. Remember this, that a friend is someone who you allow to influence your life. Faithful is the discomfort you feel from the correction of a friend; one who loves you enough to tell you the truth. It will sting your ego, yes. But it will uplift you if you listen to it and make the necessary changes.

 

  1. A friend will correct and challenge you.

A true friend is someone who should be willing to risk their friendship with you so that you may excel in life. This would mean that if after telling them the truth, I lose out on the friendship, so be it. My friends, it is better to lie with a wise enemy than a foolish friend. Some of us hate the people that can correct us; someone who has the courage to challenge us. However, this is a true friend. Remember, a person who partners with you to do evil, will do evil against you.

 

  1. The apex of true friendship is sacrifice.

How much are you willing to inconvenience yourself to see other people excel? Anyone who cannot inconvenience themselves for the sake of your friendship is not your friend. Be wary of joining or being in groups of people who are going nowhere. You become softened to sin and find that your standards will start bending.

 

As you read this, you may be searching and scheming through your life and find that you really do not have a friend, let alone friends. Don’t be disheartened. Every one of us has a need for close relationships. However, be not deceived, bad company corrupts good morals. A man without standards is like a city with no watch.

As a leader, you have an assignment on this earth that you must fulfil within the time that you are here on earth. This means that you employ discipline in all facets of your life including your relationships and friendships. I say this because people are wonderful, and we were created for relationships, but they can also be a great source of distraction and time-wasting. Focus on your Maker and ask Him to send the right friends your way. Not good ones, rather right ones; the ones He knows you need and not the ones that you want.

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If you want to succeed in life, there is no shortcut. You must go back to the person who made you, the Manufacturer – God and fully understand why He made you and how He wishes for you to function. Are you willing to pay the price to know why on earth you are here? What your assignment on earth is? Do you want to experience true peace and Joy? Talk to us.

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“Who am I”? It’s a question that can send the best of us down a rabbit hole. Does one have to have a self identity even? And what if your sense of self is weak, or even non-existent? 

Do you feel lost and have no idea who you are?

Everyone struggles with existential questions such as, “Who am I?” and “What do I want to be remembered for?”

Applying the Pareto principle 80-20, Who holds the bigger sway in your identity – self or myriad others? Why? Talk to us.

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From the day we are born to the day we breathe our last, the drum beat of life is demonstrated by the ups and downs of life. Who is the person that shows up at life’s milestone moments? From scaling one peak of success to the next? You do know that there are no bridges between peaks – you must climb down to start scaling life’s ladders towards the next peak, isn’t it? From losing a job or starting a new role; from becoming a spouse, a parent; or losing a loved one – which version of you shows up? We will explore the ways and means available to you in managing transitions. Talk to us.

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Often, individuals lacking self-esteem see rejection and disapproval even when there is none. Life, in all its variety, poses an ongoing threat to self-esteem. 

An imbalanced self-esteem is the collateral outcome from an extreme relationship on either end of the spectrum with self and others. I will session with you to identify the esteem equilibrium that best exemplifies the authentic you. Talk to us.

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Relationships

Are you struggling with your relationships; be it with yourself, your friends, a close confidant, a sibling, a parent, a spouse? Are you at a loss as to what’s going on and why?  Relationships thrive and flourish when among other considerations, boundaries are observed. That notwithstanding, it is important to understand the different facets of relationships, starting fundamentally with one’s relationship with self. Let’s explore this topic together and get a deeper understanding of relationships.

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Boundaries

Many are the instances in life, we trip up arising from a failure to set boundaries or a failure or inability to observe the boundaries we have intentionally set. This speaks to an insufficiency in awareness, value for self and others. We will explore various boundaries, more importantly, why having and observing core boundaries matters. Talk to us.

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Unpacking Pain

Many are the instances in life, we trip up arising from a failure to set boundaries or a failure or inability to observe the boundaries we have intentionally set. This speaks to an insufficiency in awareness, value for self and others. We will explore various boundaries, more importantly, why having and observing core boundaries matters. Talk to us.

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