What is a friend?

4 02 2007

INCENSE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, BUT TRUE FRIENDSHIP IS BETTER STILL. PROVERBS 27:9

A friend is somebody who:

  1. keeps your secrets and never divulges them even if tortured, or worse – is tempted with chocolate!
  2. quietly destroys the photograph that makes you look like a beached whale
  3. knows when you don’t know what you’re talking about, but smiles supportively and allows you to reach that conclusion on your own
  4. goes with you on a diet – and off it too!
  5. doesn’t say, ‘I told you so,’ no matter how tempting it might be
  6. is kind and true to you at all times.

In some ways, friendship is illogical. It’s based on what it gives, not what it gets. There’s no better description of a friend than that given by Margery Williams in ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’: ‘What is real?’ asked the rabbit. ‘Does it mean having things that buzz inside you or a stick-out handle?’ ‘Real isn’t how you were made,’ said the skin horse, ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real. It doesn’t happen all at once. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been rubbed off, your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But those things don’t really matter, because once you are real, you can never be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.’ Word for Today (www.ucb.co.uk)

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