I’ll be there for you when the rain starts to pour. I’ll be there for you like I’ve been there before. I’ll be there for you ’cause you’re there for me too.
Let’s talk about friends. They’re great. They really are. It’s such an amazing, miraculous, beautiful thing to find such connection with a group of people who you once considered strangers. Like, how does that happen? You just look at somebody and say, “They’re cool. I like them. I want to be their best friend.” When you think about it, it’s crazy. But it happens every day. Every moment of every day, one door to a new relationship is opened. Maybe it starts with a date or a church event or a common interest. Whatever it is, there’s this one thing that irrevocably connects you to this complete stranger. It’s crazy beautiful.
Most of you know my story because I’m unashamedly vocal about it. I’ve felt the sting of betrayal from people I considered best friends. I’ve felt it. I still feel it. But in the year since those things occur, the ruins of relationship in my life have been transformed.
God stepped into my ruin. He reached into the rubble and He built something new and exciting and scary and beautiful. He did what only He could do; He brought the people I didn’t know I needed into my life – my best friends. And I am so so so thankful for them. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. They are the definition of what friends should be. Friends….
F – Fight for you
R – Respect you
I – Include you
E – Encourage you
N – Need you
D – Deserve you
S – Stand by you
And most of all, they love you. And I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that my friends love me with the kind of love that only God can cultivate.
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Friends are such a special thing… I grew up with this desire to have a small circle of friends like Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Monica, and Ross from Friends – the kind where we’re all deeply involved in each others’ lives, where we’re a key player in their process, a main character in their story. And I’ve found that. Thank God, I’ve found that.
To end, I want to honor my best friends and just turn the spotlight to them with some photos taken in moments I’ll never forget. Here are my friends: