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
13 responses to “The Best Investment.”
You made me cry first thing this mornin’ 🙂
LOVE YOU – see you Wed!
This investment give us a value money cant touch! Thanks for the reminder.
I need to make an investment. You’re good people Dusty Takle, and from whatt I gather from stalking @cindybeall, she’s good people too.
Love you Dusty. Really love you like crazy.
I heart you! You are a true friend!
Love this. In June we had a luncheon at Dr Karen’s pool of women who came from a home-fellowship group (at the Dosses) +/- 30 years ago. It was awesome. I had told Karen I was going to order a banner that said, “friends are your best asset”. Wish I had. That is truly my feelings.
Your friendship has been one of the most prosperous investments that I have ever made. It is a treasure! And I am so glad you chose to go to that BS. You have so much to give and I am so thankful you have wonderful friends in OKC who can give back.
You’re a treasure – for sure.
Not much I can add to that one!
Seasons in our lives always add strength, safe places to grow. Great blog, words from your heart are always honest, & warm. Thank you!
I love having you as a friend. Plus we need each other to talk about our UC. ha ha=)
If you had turned me down, I would have driven over to your house, grabbed your skinny junior mind eatin’ self and thrown you in the back of my SUV.
Cuz I love you like that.