There’s an old saying that says, “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” There’s a lot of truth in this. We become greatly influenced by the people that surround us. We unconsciously, and sometimes very consciously, start talking and acting like them. Someone even said, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
So if someone were to look at you, who would they say you are?
It is so important to remember to have Christ-centered relationships even with friendships. I am so fortunate to have family and friends whose relationship is Christ.
Now that I think about it, it’s more than being the face of Christ. It’s being Christ-like completely. Compliments like, “you’re a good friend,” or “wow, You can sing,” or “you’re a great athlete,” pale in comparison to one that says, “You were Christ to me.” The way we carry ourselves is the truest form of evangelization.
I’m thankful for everyone that surrounds me. In my heart, I know that they pray for me. I know that they love me. I know that they want me to realize that true happiness comes from having a relationship with Christ, and being in constant communication with Him to discover His will for my life. It’s from their relationships where I’ve discovered the Lord is inviting me to follow him in a deeper way.
Our journey to Heaven is a tough battle, and we can’t make it there alone. We need to pray for an increase of friendships rooted in Christ. We need each other just as the apostles did and devoted themselves to fellowship and prayer. We need each other just as the saints did and conquered God’s mission for them together. Ultimately, if we want Heaven, we need to surround ourselves with people who are running towards there. And if that means challenging our friends to run with us, so be it.
The world needs you and me to remind each other of our God-given gifts. We’re fearfully and wonderfully made. Do not be afraid to share yourself with others.
God is everywhere. God is present. God surprises.
Fabiola Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love