Tonight my friend is battling for his life in ICU and I am finding myself reflecting about what it means to be a true friend. We throw that word friend around a lot. We say that someone is our "friend" but are they or are they merely an acquaintance or someone we latch onto because they fulfill some need in our life? Perhaps we are lonely or perhaps we want them to do something for us. Sometimes, we feel that they might help us climb the social ladder or enable us reach our financial goal. Other times, we collect them like trophies and brag about the fact that we have 10,000 friends on Facebook.
Once our "need" is fulfilled, we cross them off our Friends List and merrily go on our way. Or, perhaps while they are not necessarily deleted from our lives, we ignore them until we decide they might be useful to us once again.
When my friend arrived at CB in October 2007, he chose Kirk M (@blessings2you) as his username. It is a fitting name. I didn't know it then but he would truly be a blessing to me and my husband as well as a number of people at CB. In fact, in 2009 he embarked on several journeys across the US meeting and getting personally acquainted with a few CB members in an effort to connect with them and be a blessing to them. No one paid him to do this. He wasn't looking for praise or anything like that. He simply loved people and wanted to walk with them. That's what we all should be doing.
If two people were ever made for each other, it is Kirk and his wife Beth. My husband and I have been guests in their home on more than one occasion over the years and the love they have for not only each other but for people as well is evident before you even manage to walk in the door.
Kirk has the heart of a servant. He has the heart of a friend. He is the sort of person you can call up at 2:00 a.m. and say, "I am 100 miles away from home and I am stranded." Before you could even ask for help, he would be planning and preparing a "rescue mission"... with no strings attached. He understands that friend is not merely a noun, it is a verb.
My heart is heavy tonight because my friend and brother, a "brother-friend", is fighting for his life and I cannot do anything except stand beside himand his wife, a precious sister-friend along with other friends and hold up their arms to God. That is, of course, the very thing we MUST do! That is what friends do. Regardless of how fierce the battle gets, we stand beside one another... no matter what!
Thank you for wonderful and true words which in this day of "social" whatever it is - truly describes as Jesus called us friends what Kirk, Beth, and you do for all around ... In Jesus Name.
Grace and peace in Him during in a time such as this,
Coming back to this blog this morning my mind suddenly went back 50+ years to an entry in my autograph book.
True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare
False friends are like autumn leaves, found everywhere
Thank God for the diamonds.