Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.
I don’t remember where I first heard these wise words, but I love them for several reasons. First, they remind us of the importance of friendships. Whether we like to admit it or not, God created us to navigate this world alongside others, not to travel alone.
Secondly, these words tell us that maintaining friendships requires effort on our part. It is one thing to make a friend – that can happen in an instant. However, to keep a friend takes consistent care over a lifetime. Yet, it’s worth it in the end. Time invested in a friend is never wasted.
Lastly, this little rhyme encourages us to remain open to making new friendship over time. We’re to keep the doors of our hearts and lives open to others as they enter our sphere of influence. Our circle of friends should always be expanding, and our lives marked by inclusion and not exclusion, as we share the love of Christ at every opportunity.
For those of you thinking that this sounds exhausting, let me share a Family Circus cartoon that my sister used to have hanging on her refrigerator. The mother in the family was surrounded by several kids playing at her feet while she talked to a neighbor. The neighbor looks down at the mom’s bulging tummy (she’s obviously expecting any time), and asks, “How will you divide your love between all of them?” The mom’s wise answer was this: “You don’t divide love – you multiple it!”
Open the door of your heart and strive to make new friends while keeping the old. Remain closely connected to God – and He will multiple your love for others! –Dave
A friend loves at all times…(Proverbs 17:17)
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