Saturday, January 25, 2014
I absolutely love Shauna Niequist and the way she expresses herself on paper. Today i read about friendship in Cold Tangerines and want to share what spoke so deeply to me in her own words:
Friendship is acting out God's love for people in tangible ways. We were made to represent the love of God in each other's lives, so that each person we walk through life with has a more profound sense of God's love for them. Friendship is an opportunity to act on God's behalf in the lives of people that we're close to, reminding each other who God is. When we do the hard, intimate work of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life. We get to remind one another about the bigger, more beautiful picture that we can't always see from where we are.
True friendship is a sacred, important thing and it happens when we drop down into that deeper level of who we are, when we cross over into the broken, fragile parts of ourselves. We have to give up something in order to get friendship like that. We have to give up our need to be perceived as perfect. We have to give up our ability to control what people think of us... but what we give up is nothing compared to what this kind of friendship gives to us. Friendship and love are about risk...but if it's really love, really friendship, it's a little scary around the edges....What we are doing here is representing the goodness and love of God in tangible ways.
To me this is living wholeheartedly and living braveheartedly.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength...and your neighbor as you yourself have been loved by God.