I am sitting here listening to all the laughter and crazy stories that my daughter and her high school friends are telling. It has made me so happy, and I can’t keep from smiling. They have mostly gone their own separate ways, but once they have gotten together, it is like they are 18 years old again. It is funny to think of all they have been through, there were plenty of fights and breakups. There were plenty of, “I’ll never speak to you again!” but all that is in the rearview mirror now.
It made me think about me and my friends. What kind of friend have I been? Am I fun to be around, or am I caring? To be honest, the answer would be, “not always.” The answer would be the same for my friends, and probably most of you. It is hard to be fun if you have hardships going on in your life. It is hard to be caring if you are busy with your own life.
Here are some of the traits of being a good friend:
- Be Trustworthy
- Be Dependable
- Be Non-Judgmental
- Be A Good Listener
- Be A Loyal Friend
- Be Supportive
- Be Caring
- Be Fun To Be Around
- Know When To Give Space
- Do Not Spread Gossip About Your Friend
- Does Not Get Jealous of Good Fortune Of Friends
- Be Honest
- Accept Your Friend For Themselves, Don’t Try To Change Them
I love my BFF’s, through thick and thin, and I think they feel the same. It is wonderful to be able to cry on someone’s shoulder in the tough times, and it is great to have someone to call to celebrate the good times. I feel blessed that I have Sandy and Bertha, and I will strive to be a good friend to them.
Here is what Proverbs 22: 24-25 has to say about friends.