Great friends can be one of life’s great joys.
I hope you have 1 or 2.
Few things will serve you better.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Someone who cares about you, sweats with you, and corrects you when you need to be corrected is one of the most precious things in life: a true friend.
Life, it turns out, is sort of like summer camp. If you make one really good friend, or meet one really great person, consider yourself blessed.
-Rich Cohen, Remembering Jerry Weintraub
You can die from someone else’s misery—emotional states are as infectious as diseases. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.
When you introduce an old friend to a new friend and they don’t judge each other, or hate each other, but actually like each other – that is one of the greatest pleasures in the world.
Many times through the years I remember the wonderful moments I had listened to the stories and experiences of Father’s friends. There is a Proverb which says, “Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not” (Proverbs 27:10). I have often thought how wise that is.
Share your life with the people you love, even if it means saving up for a ticket and going without a few things for a while to make it work. There are enough long lonely days of the same old thing, and if you let enough years pass, and if you let the routine steamroll your life, you’ll wake up one day, isolated and weary, and wonder what happened to all those old friends. You’ll wonder why all you share is Christmas cards, and why life feels lonely and bone-dry…Because there really is nothing like good friends, like the sounds of their laughter and the tones of their voices and the things they teach us in the quietest, smallest moments.
John teaches us that the strongest relationship with Christ may not necessarily be a complicated one. He teaches us that the greatest webs of loyalty are spun, not with airtight theologies or foolproof philosophies, but with friendships; stubborn, selfless, joyful friendships.