In the midst of the madness of the past couple of weeks, I was blessed to have a friend that encouraged me, listened to me ramble about why I should or should not get acrylic nails, questioning clothes, colors, jewelry and handbags.
For those of you who know me, you know that I’m completely fashion inept and color challenged. You also know that anyone who is willing to help me get gussied up and accessorize is one brave and patient person.
Today’s post is dedicated to friends who come through in big ways even when their friends are facing things that aren’t really that big of a deal. Friends who love at all times, in all circumstances…even when their friends are goofy as all get out.
Now, I have to admit, I’m blessed with many good friends whose lives often define the very word “friend.” But last week while I was preparing for She Speaks, my friend Marsha showed up at work and handed me a trendy purse (with no dangling strings) and a bag full of jewelry tucked inside. She had more jewelry in that purse than I’ve owned in my lifetime. I’m just learning to accessorize, but Marsha has it down to a ‘t’ and was dishing out the goods to help her sister out.
I arrived at the conference with a complement-fetching handbag and a fashion forward ensemble complete with jewelry to match…all because my friend Marsha was willing to sacrificially help a sister out.
The Bible tells us that we are to run the race of life with our hearts set on the finish line. To strive for the award-winning crown.
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” 1 Cor 9:23-25
Nothing we do goes unnoticed by our Sovereign Lord. He calls us to give and to do so willingly and sacrificially. Marsha may have have brought jewelry for me that day, but I think that sweet gesture of love may have just added a few jewels in her crown.
I hope I’ll grow to be the kind of friend she and others are to me.
By the way, I didn’t get the nails. But then again if you know me, you knew I wouldn’t.
Do you have friends like that? Are you that kind of friend?
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