One Simple Way to Relieve Stress and Live a Life of Fun is by Cultivating Good Friendships By J. Kevin Johnson
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9
"You wanna go get some coffee?" She said
"Sure! Why not?!" I replied
As the evening slipped away, we chatted about this and that, and the mundane things of life while sipping on the local coffee shop's brew of freshly ground beans of delight.
I find it ironic that in a world full of so many ways for people to connect, it seems as if we're becoming increasingly isolated, and that good friendships are becoming harder to find and cultivate. My social media "friendships and followers" are off the charts, but I can't help but be suspect and curious as to how many are real, solid, and true friendships?! I wonder how many of my so called "social media" friends would actually show up to my funeral should I kick the bucket, provide me with aid in a moment of trouble, or at the very least send up a word of prayer on my behalf. As the world abounds with all the many ways to connect, I fear that our connections are becoming increasingly superficial. Thus, it behooves us to appreciate and value the people in our lives who are there simply because they like us and want to be around us at times. Good friends are hard to find these days, and we should definitely show ourselves friendly while enjoying the company of others.
Having good friends is not only a much needed privilege, but a requirement for human survival and health as well. As I get older, I'm beginning to realize the importance of this more and more. There's nothing better than having a circle of people around you in which you can share your emotions, be open with about your thoughts, and get a much needed hug or "dap" that makes you feel loved and appreciated. We're meant to be social creatures, and it's not healthy for you to live an isolated and separate life. No man is an island. There are all sorts of benefits that come with friends (No! I'm not talkin about those kinda benefits), one of which is the relief of stress and the increase of the joys of life.
"Many hands make light work," I heard someone say, and the burdens of life are made a little lighter when shared with another. Real friends tell you the truth, are for your good, and will stick close to you in hard times as well as good times. They can help provide good counsel, grieve with you in times of mourning, help you fight life battles, and can even sit in silence with you and be perfectly fine with that. They can add the much needed color to life that we all desperately need, and make life seem exponentially that much better. Good friends are more valuable than precious metals, so, be thankful when you find one or two.
In short, we live in a world where real friendships must be sought after and cultivated with purpose. Good friendships rarely happen, and it's in your best interest to show yourself friendly while pursuing the company of others and forging a circle of connections that will be beneficial to all parties invested. We're social beings meant for connection, so, cultivate good webs of charity with passion and purpose. It's just what the doctor ordered!
The ultimate friendship can be found in Jesus Christ. He will never leave you nor forsake you in a world where the hearts and minds of men can be volatile waxing and waning like the moon.
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