I am who I am today because of my friends in elementary school. I’m also who I am today because of my friends and acquaintances at church growing up. I’m who I am because of the friends I had after high school and into my first few years of marriage. Each one of them that has come into my life has affected who I am, how I see myself, and how God has chosen to mold me. They have rubbed off on me and helped shape who I am as an individual.
I wish I could say that all of the friends who came into my life helped make me stronger. But some of them chipped away at my self esteem, my courage, and my ability to use my gifts. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right friends in our lives. I see it in my children. I see how the friends who come into their lives affect them and start influencing their views of themselves and the world. Those friends will always be a part of them as they rub off on them in one way or another.
God created women to be social. We need one another and rely on one another. The friendships we have or don’t have in our lives are critical in guiding and supporting us as we navigate this crazy world. Each one leaves a new layer of dimension in our heart and soul. Each one adding or taking away a piece of our character and make-up as a person.
Some people can scoff at the importance of friendships, but they are really a crucial and critical part of our lives. Be wise and choose the right ones who help make you stronger, better, more compassionate, more invested in others, and more confident in yourself.