Here is something I read on Facebook.
❄️We all know that there are friendships that last a lifetime, but we often overlook this reality.
❄️It is possible for godly friendships to come and go without anything being wrong or anyone sinning against anyone.
❄️I have many dear friends who were more heavily featured in chapters of my life where we were walking alongside each other. That is not a failed friendship, it was a gift. Friendship is not a possession that we can cling to.
❄️ If we demanded that our friends stay as close when we are much further apart- we would not be being more faithful friends, we would be being less faithful pilgrims. It would ironically make us worse friends.
❄️God brings us into the lives of others for a purpose! And He brings them into our lives for a purpose! But because friendship is not a destination, we don’t camp out in that relationship forever and refuse to move on.
❄️We should want to be *of use* in the lives of one another. We should be glad to be a friend to someone who needs our particular gifts for a certain time. And if that time ends- that is ok! God has used us in the life of a friend.
❄️If we trust God and what He is doing, we are free to be open-handed friends. We are free to thoroughly enjoy those He brings into our lives, to miss them when they are called away from us, and to still not be clingy. Friends are not our hope.
❄️Friendship is not the goal, it is a gift. It is a gift to us from our God, not just a gift from human to human. If He has brought someone into our lives and blessed us through them, can He not bring them into someone else’s life next?
❄️We are finite. We cannot hang onto everyone we love. Trying to gather up a squad of people who you insist must stay with you on that journey to heaven is to make a mission out of what is meant to be incidental. And it makes companionship with you a suffocating burden. We are not called to cling.
❄️Whether you have companions or not, the journey is the same- pursue Christ. Open up your hands. Stay the course. Walk in faith. Obey today. Obey tomorrow. Love God.