photo by: Shirley/Missouri/July 2004
The Treasure of Real Friendship
originally written 6 Oct 09
posted 9 Dec 09
Some of the loneliest people in the world are financially wealthy.
Some of the financially challenged enjoy a rich life filled with true friends.

Clearly a person’s true wealth cannot be measured by finances.

I recently watched the movie “The Bucket List”…
and couldn’t help but see it as an excellent example of this truth.

The “rich” man had many financial and worldly advantages the “poorer” man did not, yet death’s shadow pursued them both, bringing them face to face with their own mortality.  Both eventually realized that the poorer man had the true advantage: he had love & joy from family and true friends to fill those empty places where money can never reach.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

True friends will tell you when you have spinach in your teeth.  : )

There are many types of friendship…but best of all is the friendship that is secure in knowing that each are safe to be real with one another.  It’s a relationship that is safe in telling someone they NEED to hear,
even if it’s not what they WANT to hear.

Many “friends” will feed you the socially acceptable lines and giggle when you are doing something wrong, some may even laugh outright when your foolishness lands you flat on your face.

However, contrary to popular sayings, your true friends will try to redirect you when your feet are on a dangerous path…not join you or cheer you on as you rush headlong into destruction.

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
Proverbs 27:6

I have had friends who loved me enough to tell me what I needed to hear.  Even though their words were painful for them to say and painful for me to hear, it was easier knowing that the words were not said out of bitterness or anger but out of love and genuine concern.
In time I was able to see the wisdom in their words…
and I was grateful for them.

Keep your money Mr. Trump…I’d rather have my treasured friends.

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