Glad to be back in class!
It already feels like Fall here in Western, PA, so I DO have school on the brain. Summer didn’t really heat up like summer usually does, and thus, the mornings feel like crisp autumn days. It’s a tad chilly for the pool, and bike rides include a light jacket. And as my son’s home school curriculum showed up on my doorstep yesterday, I’m ready to go.
I feel like I’m always in school. I love to learn. I’m extremely self-reflective – to a fault. But, always in “school” – whatever the season.
This year, as my daughter enters 7th grade, we’ve been having a lot of talks about friendship. What makes someone a good friend? What makes YOU a good friend? What qualities do you look for in new friends?
Through our discussions, it seems as if loyalty has won its place at the head of the friendship class.
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (NLT)
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? (NLT)
An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. (NLT) (Oh, yes, a rebuke in love does demonstrate loyalty.)
Certainly, there are many other verses that describe the qualities of a strong friendship – but, loyalty is where we’ve landed in our classroom.
How about you? When it comes to friendship, what do you look for? Who do you need to be? And is loyalty important to you?