It’s a running joke in our family. When our oldest was coming along it was very common for this phrase to appear in kids’ transactions that were either negotiating tactics or pleas for companionship. Most of the time it went something like this: “If you’ll give me a piece of that, I will be your best friend.”
What is a best friend? Here are a few possibilities:
- “We are best friends. Always remember that if you fall, I will pick you up … after I stop laughing.”
- Normal friend: “You really look good!” Best friend: “Shrek called. He wants his face back.”
- “We’ll be best friends forever; you already know too much.”
- “If I was lost, you’d find me.”
- When you’ve made a fool of yourself, a best friend doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.
- Best friends’ conversation: “Instagram is down!” “I know!” “Just describe your Starbucks cup to me!”
- Best friends to each other: “We will be the old ladies causing trouble in the nursing home.”
- A best friend is one who knows all about you and loves you anyway.
- A good friend knows all your best stories; a best friend has lived them with you.
- “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
There are all kinds of friends but only a few fit into the ‘close’ or ‘best’ friend. Over the years, people have told me that they were my mom’s best friend. If my math is right, my mother had about ten ‘best’ friends. I am biased, I admit, but I love that someone could make others feel so special, so important, so needed, so appreciated that they felt such a close kinship.
When it’s all said and done, we all know that relationships matter most. Everything else is a distant second at best. Close friends are not bound by time or space. Those friends can catch up with each other after years and not miss a beat.
How important are friends? When the end was near and Jesus was facing the cross, He told His disciples that they were His friends. He demonstrated what He meant when He both said and did the following: “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Treasure your friends today.