Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friends Along the Way

There were just about 40 people at my birthday party last weekend.  When I entertain, I like to invite people who I know from different areas of my life ie. Bible study, work, neighbors, family, all friends who I have made along my life's journey.  The result is that there are always people at my events who have never met some of the other guests.  My friends always accuse me of trying to shake up the mix!  For that reason, I find myself explaining to everyone just how I met so and so.

As I made these introductions at this last party, I was struck by the number of people who I have met through tough situations or circumstances that were not the greatest...maybe at a job that I hated or sitting at my son's wrestling practice night after night in a stinky sweaty gym or even at a Bible study where the person who invited me never showed up, so I was forced to talk to other women I had never met before.  I have the most precious friends stemming from these exact circumstances.
I listened to the stories I told as I introduced everyone at my birthday party and explained how I met each one, realizing that there are people who are just absolutely meant to be in my life.  And if the only way for me to meet them was by being at a hated job for a short period of time, or spending countless hours at wrestling practice, then so be it.  Neither money nor things make my life sweet; people do.  And God knows who those people are and how to bring me to them.

So, if you find yourself in a situation where you can't figure out why you're there or what good can possibly come from it, ask yourself if there just might be a lifelong friend in the mix; someone who will add so much richness and joy to your life that you would gladly go through the "bad" situation again, just to meet them!

5 comments:

  1. "...ask yourself if there just might be a lifelong friend in the mix; someone who will add so much richness and joy to your life that you would gladly go through the "bad" situation again, just to meet them!"

    That's a great way to look at situations and people. You can never go wrong thinking "what can I learn from this, or what good might come from this?" I also had a party years ago that had that sort of mix, and it proved really cool. And I was surprised how people from quite different walks of life got on at the party. Hope you are having a great week!

    --Michael (http://adaddyblog.com)

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  2. Looks like you had an awesome birthday party! So glad you have so many special people in your life to help you celebrate! May the Lord bring you another year filled with blessings to knock your socks off! :D

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  3. Erin,
    This is a beautiful an insightful post and it does make you stop and wonder about whether some things are truly meant to be. Thank-you for sharing it. I see some other beautiful Twitter friends have also left great comments as well; a Daddy Blog and Lynn Mosher. :)
    Thanks for your great work, keep it up,
    Sincerely, www.gagasgarden.com

    Gaga

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  4. what a great story! with a message that's timely for the holiday season. LOVE IT!

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  5. Thank you to all my twitter friends who are so supportive and encouraging! I treasure my friends. :)

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