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Friendship not maintenance-free

By BETTIE MARLOWE
Posted 1/10/19

Friendship not maintenance-free

Pamela Lord said, “I’m tired of hearing so much about maintenance-free gardens. If you aren’t going to get out there and live with it – including taking care of – then what’s the point of gardening anyway?”

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Friendship not maintenance-free

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Pamela Lord said, “I’m tired of hearing so much about maintenance-free gardens. If you aren’t going to get out there and live with it – including taking care of – then what’s the point of gardening anyway?”

So is friendship. It must be cultivated, cherished, watered with kindness and watched with care. When someone says, “Oh, they have been my friends for years, but we just don’t talk very often,” that friendship is not being cultivated.

Why? Is that person not important to you? Do you know what things they have faced in your absence? Have you been there when help was needed? Did you miss the sharing of a victory or celebration in their life? What was missed because the friendship was dormant?
Friends are precious. Solomon, the wise man, said in Proverbs 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Can your friends regard you as one “that sticketh closer than a brother?”
Christ is our example. Jesus said in John 15:15 (KJV), “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear …”
Job learned a great lesson on friendship when all else failed. Job 42:10 (KJV): “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
Mrs. Browning, the poet, asked for a “beauty hint” of Charles Kingley, the novelist. “What is the secret of your life? Tell me, that I may make mine beautiful also.”

Thinking a moment, the beloved old author replied, “I had a friend.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start 2019 with a cultivation of friends?

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