Friends and Friendship

Tonight as I opened my Facebook page I had a notification from a very long time friend, so I opened it to see what he had to say. How very sweet his words were, I was humbled and happy that someone who knew me so long ago would remember me so kindly, it made me consider friends and friendships new, old, everything in-between. An old saying came to my mind that I couldn’t remember exactly, so I Googled it and found out something that was very interesting! You’ve heard it? “Be careful how you treat people on your way up, because you see the same people on the way down as well.”  The interesting fact is this statement’s origin! It was written in the Torah, and is a quote from the great-grandson of Levi! Wow, I was impressed! In this life, like the Ferris Wheel, there are people trying to climb the ladder of success, while some are already at the top, climbers are coming up, others going back down to retirement, either voluntary or forced, everyone would love to stay at the top and just float. Quoted from Rabbi Pinchas Winston: “Whether you like it or not, your success always depends on other people, and just the way you do not want to be used or abused, neither do the people you are dealing with, so you need to be nice! Nasty people might get ahead and claw their way to the top, but can it really be called success if no one else is happy about their accomplishments?”

Since we are such emotional people, and because our happiness is so dependent upon what others think of us, who can truly be happy if they are hated? It’s like having a lot of money and no one to spend it with, you may enjoy the pleasures you can build your outside world with, but can you be happy if your inner world is miserable? Usually this kind of person is insecure and that isn’t even their fault. It probably comes from unresolved issues from childhood. This type of persons are easily hurt and offended, and quickly become resentful, frustrated, and angry. As a result, some become reclusive, while others become offensive. Proverbs 19:6 Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! Proverbs 18:24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. Jesus talked to His disciples one on one in John 15:12-15, if we could live by that chapter and believe it, there would be nothing we could not see accomplished, it says, “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” Micah had a dim view of how things were, he said, “Neighborhoods and families are falling to pieces. The closer they are—sons, daughters, in-laws—The worse they can be. Your own family is the enemy.”

I’m sure none of us have it that bad, but I know there are times you feel alone. “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief’s to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer…” Humanity left Jesus hanging alone on the cross, however, He will never leave us, forsake us, and He will never let go our hand. “O how He loves you and me, O how He loves you and me, He gave His life what more could He give, O how He loves you, O how He loves me, O how He loves you and me.”

I am happy to call you my friend!

About harolene

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in!
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One Response to Friends and Friendship

  1. Mariluz Henry (Mari) says:

    Oh thank you, Pastor Harolene, I needed this tonight especially.

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