What Makes a Friend?

Proverbs 27: 17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

A while ago, Petunia and I discussed our criteria of what we consider a true friend to be. The ever-logical Petunia proposed that a friend is someone you willingly spend time with outside of the given activity you both share (for example, church, school, etc). In all my mush and sentiment, I came to the conclusion that a friend is someone you can trust to love you genuinely. This is the way most of our conversations go, to be completely honest. Petunia is matter-of-fact, keeping things realistic and simple. I’m usually recalling timeless, romantic quotes to inspire the masses (or being sarcastic. I digress). This is why I love our conversations. We feed off of each other’s contrasting thoughts and attitudes, and always walk away thinking a little differently. Isn’t it funny how that happens? Both answers are perfectly acceptable, by the way.

While I don’t think there’s one right answer, or one solid criteria we all must follow to determine who our friends are, I think our varying relationships reflect a common desire. We want to surround ourselves with people who bring about something different and good in us, to exercise all aspects of ourselves. A friend is someone who is sent into our lives to sharpen and shape us, because we all so desperately need it.

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