A Faithful friend
by Edna King
A faithful friend is a treasure worth finding, but how do we find someone like that, especially if we’re shy?
Take mom’s advice: “to have a friend you have to be a friend”. Here are some ideas to get you started on your quest to be a great friend:
Be a friend to people you don’t know. Send cards or a sweet note to children in the hospital, to the elderly or others in your church who are ill or infirm, or to our soldiers overseas.
Be a friend to people near you. Make a treat for a family member, include that classmate who gets left out of group activities, or freely decide to help someone with a chore. Everyone has troubles- try to lighten someone else’s burden.
Be kind to everyone, but choose your closest friends wisely. It’s easy to be lazy and let others chose you- be sure you really choose them too.
Be a trustworthy friend to your close friends. Be quiet and listen to them, and keep their secrets! Be a treasure for them.
Pray for your friends- praying for and with your friends keeps them close to your heart and opens up your relationship to bring God inside it with you.
Friends are a shelter for us during the hard times of our lives. By being open and kind to others you can be a shelter for them, too.
Lord, help me to reach out to others with Your love.