Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Proverbs 17:17-18 -- On Friendship

"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend."
Proverbs 17:17-18

This scripture is awesome in portraying how we can offer confidence and solidity to people.  Treating people like they are cool... (which they ARE, by the way...) helps them to relax and be genuine.  Even when our friends are going through tough things, or when they make mistakes, we love them for who they are, and who they are capable of becoming.  We do all that we can to help them see that vision and reach for it... and they do the same for us.  And hopefully, we are expanding our circle and listening to the spirit, so that we see more and more people as friends… eventually everyone.
Often, we look at our choices and choose either independence or dependence.  We need to learn both.  We need to learn who we are and how much power we have within ourselves, and learn to trust ourselves to figure things out and to live by what we believe.  We need to learn how utterly dependent we are upon God.  But sometimes we mix up the two and go dependent on other people and independent of God… and we also miss learning interdependence, which is another good option.
We are all dependent upon each other for so many things... and other people are dependent upon us.  This world is a system that we are a part of... and we are never completely alone or out of the system.
Everything that we do and say and think makes a difference to the whole.  Loving each other and lifting each other matters... and it matters a lot more than how much money we are making, or whether we get to that appointment on time today.  Other people are part of that system, and therefore part of who we are.  We affect each other immeasurably.  Today, let's remember how much confidence and power we offer to people, and how we need each other, and behave accordingly.

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