Origin of Friendship Day:
In 1935, the United States Congress, proclaimed the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day. Following the popularity and success of Friendship Day in US, several other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Friendship Day is celebrated by several countries around the world.
In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
I love having a good friend, don’t you? I think we are truly blessed if we have one true friend that always has your back, always has an ear, always shares the tears, and is there when you truly need them.
I love what that Bible says in Proverbs about friendship:
There are persons for companionship, but then there are friends who are more loyal than family.
This verse is so true! We would like to think that family members would be our best friend, but they aren’t. Someone from the outside can be closer than a brother.
One way to ruin a friendship is with gossip. I hate gossip! What a waste of time gossip is. And the damage the tongue can do is left in the wake as the person walks off. Proverbs 16:38 says this: Destructive people produce conflict; gossips alienate close friends.
Instead of wasting time talking about other people we need to be speaking words of wisdom and encouragement. Proverbs 27:9 says Oil and incense make the heart glad, and the sweetness of friends comes from their advice.
You have to love Proverbs. I want to encourage you to read the book of Proverbs if you have never read it before. It is fill with wisdom, truth, advice that makes you go, “Hmmmm,” and verses that will make you laugh.
5 Character Traits of a Good Friend
A friend is genuine.
She won’t talk about you behind your back. If there is an issue between the two of you, she will come to you and talk it out.
A friend is trustworthy.
You will never have to worry about what you have told her in confidence being shared with others. Your conversations are kept between the two of you.
A friend laughs and cries with you.
A true friend isn’t there only in the good times, she is there when life is hard. She can laugh with you over something that was said on the “Bachelorette,” and then be there to help you pick up the pieces after a break-up.
A friend will give you an honest opinion.
A friend may have the ability to see both sides of a situation. She can graciously offer her advice without being a “know it all” about what you are going through.
And yes she will tell you if it makes you look fat.
Time apart doesn’t weaken the friendship.
This is my favorite trait. I have a friend that I had not seen or spoken to in about 4 or 5 years. Out of the blue she texted me to wish me a happy wedding anniversary. We got together the following weekend and it was as though we never missed a beat. Now we are in constant communication. That is an amazing aspect of friendship.
Action Step: If you have a good friend that you have lost touch with, please take the time today to phone, text, email or dog gone it, send them a card snail mail. Just reach out and reconnect. I bet you will be glad you did.