It’s no secret that I love my friends!It’s no secret that I believe friendships and relationships are one of the most important parts of life.
I love relationships. I love starting new ones and I love building into old ones.
I believe that God created us to be in community with each other and because of that, we should put GREAT energy and effort into building our relationships.
I’m shocked when I talk with people who share that they just don’t have time to pour into new relationships or their old ones. It really makes me scratch my head and makes me wonder how they do life operating that way.
The reality is…we really won’t get anywhere as human beings if we don’t make our relationships a priority. It’s no wonder that some of the same people who complain about life are the ones who spend no time pouring into others. So, I’ve been thinking about how I can be a great friend and here are some of my simple thoughts.
Here are a few thoughts on how to be a great friend…
1. Always answer the phone. Simple. Nothing is worse than continually getting a close friend’s voicemail. Or, if you call me, just hearing the phone ring and ring. Let me explain that. When I went with the cheapest cell phone known to man, I couldn’t figure out how to set up the voicemail and even the people at AT & T couldn’t help. So, I have no voicemail. I have one through my google voice number, but I need to get it set up on my phone.
Here’s my thought on answering the phone. If the person is a close friend and they’re in your core relationships…ANSWER!! If you’re busy, answer and ask if you can call them back or text them. It means a ton when your friend knows your available to them.
2. Send Thank You cards! Remind your friends over and over with the power of the written word! Now, not everyone loves getting a card in the mail, but most do! If someone gives you great advice, thank them! If someone gives you something, thank them! You get the hint.
3. Pray for them everyday! Slow down long enough to pray! Period. Stop making excuses and go to God on behalf of your friends and ask God for His blessing on their life.
4. Speak the truth. This one is tough! There are times when our friends need someone who will say the things that no one else is saying. There are times when our friends need someone to ask the hard questions. DO IT! But…do it in a way that honors and loves your friend. They may not like it at the time, but eventually they will.
Be a great friend!