Proverbs 18:24 - One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Friendship grows in a natural course. Recently you met someone and you wonder if they could be your new best friend. But, inevitably you disagree with your new friend about a subject. You brush it aside feeling that everyone has disagreements. But it doesn’t stop. You try to see both sides of the situation but no matter what you say; the relationship falls apart. It’s sad to lose someone who you thought you were getting close to. But each of us is capable of picking up an offense and running with it. So now what? Sometimes the “what” becomes standing aloof and keeping conversations short. Your heart is hurting, so you close the door for anyone to be close to you again. That’s not how life was meant to be lived. We are social people and naturally crave to be with others. But how do we move beyond lost friendships and open up our hearts again? Only in God’s strength and wisdom. He knows how long a friendship will last. Some are meant to last a lifetime, but some just don’t work out. Try not to dwell on that. Try to remember that even if you lose a friend, you still can pour your life into another’s and find that new best friend.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.