That’s Not What Friends Do

I heard this song on the way to work today…

Andy Mineo – Friends

Let’s take a quick look at the word “Friend.” It is Old English freond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to love.’

Merriam-Webster defines Friend as:

  • 1a: one attached to another by affection or esteem
  • 1b. Acquaintance
  • 2a: one that is not hostile
  • 2b: one that is of the same nation, party or group
  • 3: one that favors or promotes something
  • 4: a favored companion

Urban Dictionary defines Friend as:

  • Somebody who comes to your house and eats all of your food, (cheetos, doritos, pizza, etc.) and also uses your stuff with their cheeto dust hands.

I don’t think either of these definitions hit the nail on the head from the original root of the word – ‘to love.’

I am very fortunate and truly blessed to have a few very close friends that I know love me right where I am, are willing to speak the truth in love to me and call me on my crap (sorry mom) whenever I am going astray.

I would like to think that I am that person for them as well. 

It is so important to have a few close friends in our lives. To know that I can go to someone and share a struggle, a temptation, ask about my blind spots or just talk to is invaluable to my growth as a human being. 

My hope and prayer for each of you reading this is that you take a moment to be thankful for the true friend(s) you have in your life, and should you not have anyone that you feel you could call a true friend, then I pray that you allow yourself to be open to letting someone in that can become that person for you. 

Be blessed!

1 thought on “That’s Not What Friends Do

  1. “One that is not hostile” really sets the bar low for friendship! Having lost a true friend last year around this time, I’ve been reminded to try to be more like him with my other friends. To deepen relationships, to support and love, and to pray for (and with) those I call friends. Great words today Sir!


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