True, genuine friendships are such a treasure. This type of friendship is one that can stand the test of time, where the other person accepts you for who you are…the good and the bad.
I have a few close friendships but I have one in particular that fits Ephesians 4:9-10: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
I met my best friend over 10 years ago. We met in a homeschool group. For several years we were a support system to each other in that realm but it went even deeper. We had a lot of things in common and shared interests. Then we eventually both put our children into school and stood by each other’s sides through that transition as well.
Now that our children are teens, our support system has become even more important. Busyness and family obligations can sometimes make connecting to each other a challenge but I am careful to make sure that we don’t lose touch. I have seen firsthand how two is better than one. Her prayers have carried me through some difficult seasons. And I have also had the pleasure of bearing some of her burdens as I have prayed for her.
If you have a friend like this, treasure it. Don’t let it go. Hang onto it. Be a good friend who can help another up. And if you don’t have this kind of friendship, pray and ask God to bring one into your life. I believe He can do that. He knows the value in friendships.
Don’t try to go it alone in life. After all, someone said (and I’m not sure who) but “A good friend is cheaper than therapy.”