The verse above, (which I now recognize can only be seen with a very large magnifying glass ;-/ is Proverbs 18:24, "Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family."
It's tougher to foster great friendships as you get older, and have families, and a ton of responsibilities. Yet,
It was easier at age 15 like my Moriah, when I didn't have to carpool, help with homework, slave over hot meals (ok, well maybe I'm not actually 'slaaaaaving' in that department lately), since I'm doing the Protein Shake thang, but you get the gist. Minutes, turn to hours, turn to a day gone by... and before you know it, lights are out.
Be intentional. Be selective. You become like who you surround yourself with. I value spending time with like minded people. And if I am gonna take time away from my family, and I'm called to be a good steward of my 'time'...then I need to be wise in where I want to invest my time (and in who I invest it in.)
Ok, so this was my original topic I wanted to write about today, but when I turned on my laptop, it wouldn't start.
And if you know me well, I don't panic easily.
But I panicked nonetheless.(I confess!)
I may have even broken a sweat.
So I did what any sane christian woman would do.
I laid hands on it, (yup, I resorted to that 'ol desperation prayer..."Lord, HELP!!!) Fiddled with the power button. Kept pressing that poor old enter button as my mind was racing, thinking how much I couldn't "afford" this right now, and as I began texting my tech guy...silly me noticed I hadn't plugged it in. (Please tell me you've done this.) Don't leave me up here alone! I of course laughed at myself and thought...how often we do this.
WE DON'T PLUG IN!!!
Not only do we not plug in to friendships, and connecting well...but we don't plug in to our major power source, the God of the Universe. The all powerful. Would we leave our phone off the charger and be crazy enough to think it would have power? Yet our spiritual batteries are drained because we don't recharge. And then we scratch our head and wonder why we feel defeated, depleted, and depressed.
Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of POWER [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart."
So tell me again why I wouldn't want to have that kind of power?