There is a whole section on friendship in the book. It was interesting to try to answer the questions it had: “The best thing a friend has ever done for me, The worst thing I’ve ever done to a friend, The best advice I’ve ever received from a friend, The worst advice I’ve ever received from a friend…” and so forth. To be honest, I had a difficult time with this section. I feel I’m loyal to a fault, but I have a hard time making friends and developing those relationships. I’m an introvert, so it’s difficult to open up to people I barely know or don’t know at all and at the same time, sometimes, I feel I’m too honest with people I know well. I’m naive in many ways and I end up hurt because people act in a way I don’t expect them to… I guess I’ve been betrayed many times. I have probably betrayed friends in my past as well. We’re all human, right? Anyway, what I learned from this section is that I’m not a very good friend. I don’t talk with people on a regular basis; I don’t ask them how they are doing when they go through a difficult time; in general, I don’t care like I should, as Jesus does….
So, what about you? Are you a good friend? If you are, great! Maybe you can give me some advice! If you aren’t a good friend, what are you going to do to change that? I’m selfishly praying that God would grant me a more compassionate heart and help me to learn to be more concerned with the people around me. He has already blessed me with a great small group, in which I feel I can start being a better friend.