I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends


Have you ever watched little kids interact with one another? I had the chance to watch my nephew this past Sunday at the pool "make friends", which consisted of playing with the same toys, splashing, and laughing with {and sometimes at} each other. It was easy and effortless and I had to wonder...when did it become more complicated than that?

Growing up is a tough road and I think the hardest lesson I've had to learn is that not all friendships are built for the journey. You don't ever go into a relationship thinking that it'll end because if you did, you wouldn't start it.

At least I wouldn't.

But with that said, I've been blessed enough to have some amazing friendships in my life. They change and shift as the seasons do; some don't last and others span decades.  But one thing remains the same; I am so undeserving of all of them. Just as I am unworthy of God's love and grace, I am just as unworthy of the people He's placed in my life that I am lucky enough to call friends. There are friends that are mere minutes away and others that it would take more than one flight to get to. There are people I consider friends that I have never even formally met. But regardless, I am there for them and they are there for me. I will pray for them and there is not a shadow of doubt in my mind that they'll pray for me.

When I actually sit and think about the ways some of these friendships originated, I have to laugh. Maybe they started the first day of 4th grade. Or maybe they started in the student union in college. Or maybe they started with a little help from Twitter and Blogger.  But as I'm sure we've all learned at some point in our lives, it's not the beginning or the end that matter the most; it's what is in between. In all relationships {friendship and otherwise} there are fights, tears, laughter and hopefully, growth. Some friendships stand the test of time, distance and life changes.

Some do not. But no matter what, each friendship I've had has shaped me into the woman, friend, wife I need to be. I am a firm believer that there is something to be learned in every season and step of life.

And to all of my friends, past and present, I thank you. I thank you for loving me despite my shortcomings. For holding me when I cried. For telling me I was making a mistake and being there for me when I finally realized it. Thank you for reminding me of the many ways God shows love.

Thank you for being you.

{please know that if I had unlimited space, I'd add more pictures!}

1 i love your comments!:

short stack said...

omg. i love you!!! :) and i miss you so much. you are too nice.

i want to come see you around my birthday.

i'm glad you picked the good picture of us. because the others are... questionable, lol.


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