As I was thinking about friends, I got two ideas for how to be a good one. I’m sure the Oprah’s, Dr. Phil’s and the like have a myriad of ways to be a friend. But today, I only have two and I’d be remiss if I forced a long list. So, two it is!
1) Hold your friends in an open palm not a clutched fist. That way, if God (for His reasons) moves them on, it won’t be so painful when they go.  Friendships should be gently held, not obsessively gripped. They are friends, not gods.
2) When your friend comes to you for encouragement, don’t respond with SO much of YOUR experience that your friend feels like what he/she is going through isn’t as bad as what you went through. That’s “one-up’ing” and it’s not being a good friend.  DO share from your experiences (that’s called WISDOM and it’s biblical!) but don’t share so much, and share for so long, that they walk away feeling unheard, discouraged or one-up’ed.
That’s all! Hope this encourages someone today. Thanks for driving by.

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