Today is a very exciting day, National Best Friend Day! It seems like there is a day for just about everything now, but what's better than celebrating your friends. Everyone is a friend and has a friend so it is a day to essentially celebrate humanity. By definition, a friend is a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. You share a mutual respect with your friends and an understanding that you are there for each other no matter what. But, have you taken time to think about your friends in terms of Christ?
In the Gospel of John 15:13 Jesus said, “No greater love has anyone than this – that they would lay down their life for a friend.” Think about your commitment to your friends today. Would you? Could you? Should you? Consider giving up your plans, your preferences, your wants, even your life for them? Love is measured by sacrifice. How much do you love your friends today? Do you love them enough to give up everything to ensure their safety or happiness? In today's society, friendship is often measured by the number of times your Instagram post is liked or how often you comment on each other's Facebook page, but it is so much more than that and technology can often hinder one's ability to show someone you care. Facebook reminds you of when someone's birthday is, just in case you forgot the date of your best friend's birthday. Usually it suffices to take five minutes and create a collage showing all the fun times you have had with that person, posting it to their wall with a sweet caption and then you're done. Prior to social media, people would go to dinner for each other's birthdays, they would buy each other presents - nothing extravagant, but something thoughtful to show their appreciate for the other person's friendship.
Being friends with someone is an investment of both of your time. A friendship needs to be cultivated and nurtured, or you will grow apart. A rare friendship will be able to pick up where it was left off, without a second glance at the amount of time that has passed, and that is a beautiful thing. However, this is not the case with all friendships and one must take the time to show their friends their unconditional, Christ-like love for each other. What would you sacrifice for your friends today? How much do they mean to you? Just some food for thought on the day designated to celebrate those who are closest to you!