For so long I felt so lonely. I’ve never been very good at making friends. Most of my friends I’ve known since grade school. Mainly because I don’t read people very well and I can be misunderstood. Because of this view of myself I tried making myself content with loneliness. Don’t get me wrong I do still thoroughly enjoy alone time. It is vital to my sanity. In the past few years I have discovered the wonderful gift of friendship and human connection. Really it’s what life is all about.
If I had it my way I would live in a cabin deep in the woods way out in the sticks. Sometimes I think God hasn’t granted me this dream because he has bigger and better plans for me. He always does, right? If I lived so far from civilization I would never have the opportunities I’ve had to be his hands and feet. I defiantly would never have meet all the wonderful people that are in my life now. God can’t use me if I lock myself away in the woods everyday. I am so thrilled that I don’t live on my own accord and that in the friendship department I have taken a leap of faith. God has blessed me with several wonderful and irreplaceable friends that I never would have, have the pleasure or knowing if I had been doing the “content with loneliness” plan that I think so many people resort to.
We are beings who were made to love and to share our lives with others. Something deep inside aches to be with others. You don’t have to be a people person to understand the value of good friendship. Friends can help build you up and help you be the best you. Proverbs 17 says “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Friends can help you in hard times. Ecclesiastes 4:9 “two are better than one, because they have a good return for work. When one falls down, his friend can help him up” Everything in life is easier when with someone on your side. Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
So I say take a chance. Put your self out there and let God put some really great people in your life. I know how he has blessed me with such great friendships over the last few years just by simply trusting him. How rich my life has become by letting others in.