Some would argue that now is the time to invest in the stock market while price tags are low. Others would say otherwise. Kris says it’s a perfect time to purchase an airplane. I’ll look into my wallet and get right on that. Real estate has always been a sure bet. Then, this thing called a bubble deflated.
Investments in these things can be risky. Sometimes, they pay largely. Other times, they drive men to bankruptcy or depression.
But, I know of an investment where you will reap rewards over and over and over again. It’s investment into people.
Friendships, to be specific.
Growing up, I invested into friends in Georgia. I poured into them. They poured into me. Even living hundreds of miles away, I still call them, e-mail them, visit them….invest in them.
They still invest in me.
Because, these friendships matter.
I found it difficult settling into life in Oklahoma for a very long time, because I missed the daily interaction of true, covenant friends. Then last year, Cindy Beall found my blog (after I had been stalking hers), and said, “Hey, I’m gonna start a little bible study, and I’ve been praying about who to ask to be a part. Well, you came to mind. You game?” Okay, that’s not verbatim, but pretty darn close. I never laid eyes on Cindy until the day I walked up to her doorstep for that first bible study. I could have easily declined, and continued on wishing I had friends surrounding me in Oklahoma.
But, I got off my Junior Mint eatin’ booty and went. Walking through Cindy’s door opened up a whole new world of friendships to me. I met Deleise, Janna, Jennifer, Christi, Robin M, Robin S, Nicole, Kim, Natalie, and Elizabeth. We all share a love for following Christ, motherhood, and pure FUN. Oh, and we all blog except for Elizabeth. That girl does well to check her e-mail, but you just gotta love her cute, healthy livin’ lovin’ self.
My Georgia and Oklahoma friends pray for me. They encourage me. And, they will be at my front door at a moment’s notice. Even if they have to hop on an airplane to make it happen.
Because, they’ve been my best investment.
I love them. They love me. And, I can’t fathom doing life without any of them.
God created us with a need. A need for people.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 17:27