Chapter Three - Seeing God In Our Friendships

I will never forget my friend Lisa who, after recuperating from corrective shoulder surgery, stopped taking narcotics to ease her intense discomfort. “I can handle the healing pain,” she said. She did, and her shoulder works wonderfully. Lisa’s words impacted my soul as she shared her strength with me. Just because pain hurts doesn’t mean it’s harmful. Just as Lisa handled her pain with so much dignity, so have I seen Joy do the same. In our friendship, I am learning to do likewise.

When you have a mentor or someone who is well into the journey of life, that person’s wisdom and experience has the potential to catapult us to destiny because he or she has learned the hard lessons of life and is willing to pass them on to you. According to Joy’s perspective, “Lots of people have gone through crushing things that they don’t understand. We know God has a purpose for it—I don’t know what the purpose is, but I know what mine was. I sometimes ask ‘God why do I have to walk alone in this? Why can’t somebody help me?’ He explains to me, ‘This is you and I walking together. Listen to My voice. They are learning to understand, and I’m giving you My compassion to touch them.’ This sense is in me all the time, and it never goes away. It’s not like something that was there and is gone. It is alive in my spirit constantly, and I thank God for it. There’s a lesson learned and I am learning.”

You are probably in a relationship with your mentor because you recognize you have a lot in common with each other. When you nurture this bond, your own personal growth and mutually met needs will be a natural result of your friendship.

You don’t have to take notes on your lessons. What you feed grows. When you communicate, stay in touch, and act on little things your friend says that you know are true, maturing will be a natural process.

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