Happy Thursday! I hope all of you have had a great week so far. I know that Tuesday caused a little bit of confusion on my part, and I take full responsibility for that. I’m sorry for any of you who were confused by the title.
Anyways, this week I’m talking about the measure of good. We all have things that are “good” in our lives. I mean, food is good. We claim to have good friends, and our family is good too. We get a good education; we have a good time with all of our friends. Wait a minute… What is a good time to you? I don’t know, maybe it’s going to see a movie with friends or going out on a date. I enjoy doing those things, but I prefer to stay in and play music with my band or write songs with Lacey. I like to draw and color, write blog posts, and just be lazy. To me, that’s a fun time. I enjoy doing these things both alone and with all of my friends and family. Although Lacey and I are a LOT alike, we don’t always enjoy doing the same things. Lacey likes to cook, and I just like to sit around and watch, because if I tried to cook, I’d burn the house down. Lacey would rather just play guitar, but I like to sing while I play. Lacey and I are “good” friends, but that doesn’t always mean that having a “good time” is the same for both of us. I’m sure you all can think of some good things in your life, but pause.. I just want to talk about friends, today.
A little while back, our youth minister, Lacey’s dad, did a study in youth group. During this study, we talked about the things we needed to “Purge” from our lives. One of these things that we examined in our lives was having “good friends” versus having “Godly friends.” You can have friends that are good but not Godly, and you can have friends that you see as Godly, but not good by YOUR definition.
Good friends will give you good advice. They may tell you that lying to save your self or to keep from hurting someone’s feelings is okay. They may encourage you to cheat off of them or your neighbor if you didn’t study for a big test today. We tend to think that these types of people are good friends, because they give us good advice to save ourselves or our grades. Most of us enjoy having these “good friends” around because they make us feel better about doing something we know is wrong. They make it seem okay to do things that we would never do under normal circumstances, because it goes against what we believe is right. They make us feel comfortable doing things that causes confusion to our new Christian friends that are earnestly seeking after God and trying to learn things about Him. On the other end of the spectrum of friends, we have our Godly friends.
Godly friends are the ones that you call at midnight when your parents are fighting and they answer with sleep in their voice knowing that it’s serious, because I mean, who would call at midnight if it weren’t? They’re the ones who are willing to help you study the morning of the test that you forgot about last night, but they don’t encourage you to cheat or anything. They give you Godly encouragement through scripture and prayer. They remind you that no matter what you’re going through, there’s always your Abba Father who loves you and wants to comfort you. Godly friends surround you with love when you don’t know how you’re gonna make it through the day.
There’s nothing wrong with having “good friends” I have plenty of friends that I consider to be “good” but not so much Godly, but I have also surrounded myself with who I would call Godly friends. I find myself turning to my Godly friends who are more like my family now, anyways. I am so thankful to have them in my life to give me encouragement when I need it. I’m so glad I have friends like Lacey to hold me up with scripture and prayer when I feel like getting through the day is impossible., and to just endure life with me.
I hope that you all have a great week, and will come back next Tuesday for Lacey’s blog post. 2017 holds big things for our blog, but we couldn’t do it without all of you and your weekly encouragement for both of us. You’ll never know how much your kind words and weekly following mean to us! I hope you will all stay tuned and continue to tell your friends and families about us as you have thus far! Have a great week! 😉
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