A friend is…

imageA friend is someone who is available when you are in need. Not necessarily able to fix what you are wrestling with, but always available.

A friend is someone you want to talk to—someone who allows you to speak freely, without measuring your words. He/she is someone who sets you at ease in sharing your inner most thoughts, because you know you are not going to be judged or shot down, even if you’re kinda’ messed up.

A friend is someone who sets you free—a person in whose presence just being yourself is the only qualification for acceptance. You don’t have to be a certain thing…think a certain way…or do anything in particular to be part of your friend’s inner circle…you just are, because you are.

A friend is someone who is true—a person who lovingly speaks truth even if that truth might have a bit of sting to it. She/he never takes pleasure in sharing something that might be difficult to share, but will do so if it truly will be helpful.

A friend is someone who is willing to share—a person who doesn’t simply draw you out of your shell, but also lays her/his armor aside from time-to-time. In such a relationship there is both vulnerability and security.

A friend is someone who knows your deepest, darkest “secret” sins but loves you anyway. She/he knows that the best way to truly be a friend is to bring a Christ-like attitude into relationships. If anything epitomizes such an attitude it is a willingness to bear with others who are and always will be flawed human beings.

A friend is someone who lifts your spirits when you are down…someone who commiserates with you when you are blue…someone who laughs with you at the stupidest things…someone who is faithful and true and committed to the idea of helping you get to heaven so that you can continue the joy of your friendship throughout eternity.

A friend is someone who in spite of wrestling with the same things you wrestle with each day does his/her best to be Jesus to you each day.

© Bill Williams
December 8, 2015