Daily Reading: Job 2:11-13 and Proverbs 18:24
Last year when I was in the hospital my friend Debbie came with me every day. When I was transferred to another hospital, she was there too. When I came home it was she who called the doctor and had them order the hospital bed, wheel chair, and commode. When I got out we saw each other nearly every day. She helped me with garage sales, cleaning, anything that I needed.
Then something happened and we began to drift away. I was jealous of another friend who seemed to be "better" than I was. We rarely spent time together. I found out that Debbie had needed money and didn't call me. I learned later. I found out that Debbie was going to have knee surgery. I went the day of surgery, as did the other friend. I waited in the waiting room until she was taken to her room and sat with her a short time before I had to leave. The next day I visited. I sent flowers when I couldn't go. While she recovered at home I stayed away. I loved her and thought of her everyday but I didn't go.
Like the friends in Job, Debbie was always there. Like Job's wife I was the one who wasn't much help. Look around at your friends. Which ones would be there for you when times get tough? Which ones will disappear at the smallest sign of trouble?
Poem: Reason, Season, or Lifetime
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
There is one friend who will always be there for you. One who will accept who you are. Carry you when you can't go on. One who will love you unconditionally and never hurt you. His name is Jesus and if you haven't already asked Him to come into your life, you don't know what you are missing out on.