If I had to reflect on my high’s of January 2016, I’d simply say “Friends.” As I mentioned before, my vision for the year is to #GrowWell. This also includes my friendships.
I’d say I’m quite the ambitious person.
I have a full time job, and I manage two passion businesses, Temple Fit (wellness + business empowerment) and AB Creations (inspirational writing + speaking). I am also a leader in my church, a community volunteer, and a dedicated very involved mentor to a number of young adults and college students.
Balancing all of this and more makes for a very busy schedule— a schedule that sometimes does not include being the best friend.
While I know my true friends understand my absence from important functions, my three-day delay between text messages, and my virtually non-existent phone calls, it doesn’t make it right. I’m reminded of Proverbs 18:24, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” No matter how busy I am, how driven I am, or how focused I am— I don’t want to be responsible for someone’s ruin, because I am an unreliable friend.
God placed our friends in our lives for a reason. To some, we are their prayer warrior: we intercede to God on their behalf, and and we advocate for them on a spiritual level. To some, we are their architect: our encouragement builds them up, and our social therapy keeps them standing. To some, we are their blacksmith: iron sharpens iron, and though we may go through the fire, we come out in better shape than when we went in.
So how can you be a reliable friend this month and the rest of the year? I challenge you to show your friends some love as we enjoy the remainder of this love month. Make a list of ways you can #GrowWell in your friendships and your relationships overall. Start with this prompt: “How can I overcome my busy schedule and be a better friend this year?” Share your list with us on Instagram, so we can #GrowWell together!