“I hope of all the qualities I have inherited from my father that being a good friend is one of them. He is always a friend to the end.”
That was my last tweet on the Twitter last night. If I ever want to know what a true friend looks like, I should always look my father.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or haven’t done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been embraced by thousands or rejected by the world. Once you are his friend, you are his friend for life.
I sat alone in my living room last night and thought about the qualities that make him such a good friend. We often tell our friends, “I’m here if you need me.” But, sometimes, we only translate that to the big stuff – if something bad happens.
One of my good friends called me last night and asked me if I could watch her children while she went to the doctor today. “Sure I will,” I told her.
It would be easy for me to say, “Girlfriend, I am so pregnant. That’s not gonna work out for me.” But, that’s not really being a true friend. It’s easy to give excuses. It’s easy to become so caught up in our schedule, our life, our families, that when a friend interrupts that routine, we almost become resentful.
We use the term, “You have to set your boundaries.” But, I think, often times, we misuse it. I’ve said it many times. “Set your boundaries!” When really, all I need to do is set my priorities. When my priorities are in order, I don’t’ really have to set boundaries. I’m sure I’ll create some controversy over that one. But, that’s how I feel. Today.
Dad will fly hundreds of miles to be there for a friend. And, he will drop his schedule to help a friend across the street move. He’s always there when a friend needs him.
I want to be that kind of friend.
A friend loves at all times…. Proverbs 17:17