by Sandy Kirby Quandt
While I do believe there are random encounters in our lives, I also believe God places specific people — friends — in our lives either for us to be enriched from the relationship, or for them to be enriched through us.
With that thought in mind, I have a suggestion for us today. Let’s look back and consider those who have loved, cared for, taught, discipled, encouraged, or mentored us, and thank God for them.
Paper and pencil ready? Then, let’s go.
Who comes to mind first? Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, spouses?
What about ministers, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, any other person whether in an official, or unofficial capacity who helped further our Biblical knowledge and understanding?
Are there friends we’d add to the list? Co-workers? I sure hope so.
Teachers? There’d better be one or two on the list.
Our list will consist of those who helped shape and mold us into the people we are today. Of course, each of us knows life is not a bowl full of jello, despite what Knucklehead Nellie sang in South Pacific, and there have been toxic people in our lives, as well. But we’re not going to think about them today.
Nope. Today is for thanking God for those positive people in our lives who helped make us better than we were before we met them. Today is also a time to reflect and consider whether our name will show up on the positive side of anyone’s list. Hmmm.
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As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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