It’s been said that “The clothes make the man,” I strongly agree that what surrounds a man is incredibly important, yet it has nothing to do with clothes.
My whole life I’ve been known as a people-person or a social butterfly, but those “people” and “flowers” I buzzed around may not have always been the best choice for me. Fortunately, none of them were incredibly destructive, but it could be said there was at least some toxicity (judgment, gossip, materialism, dishonesty, etc.).
In hindsight, I could have been much more discerning in my choices. The qualities we need in friends go This!far beyond “sweet” and “fun”. During a major transition period in my life, my divorce, I lost many friends, which was hard at first, because people are part of my passion. I found people falling by the wayside at a time when I felt I needed them most.
It was, however, exactly what I needed. It drove me to my knees and pulled me closer to our Father. I prayed that God would fill my life with the people I NEEDED, people with a strong Christian influence in their lives. I prayed for this often and in every way I could think of.
As the transition of my divorce continued, I became more of an individual with my own circle of friends that continued to grow. My faith journey continued to keep God at the center of my life, but the changes were slow, smooth, and almost went without conscious awareness. Nevertheless there were changes, and prayers, and more changes, and more prayers.
Recently, years after my divorce, while out to dinner with a group of friends, our table discussion turned to faith. Each passing comment highlighted God and the impact He has on our lives. All of the women seated at the table came from different backgrounds, different lifestyles, different religions BUT we were all praising the same God, our Father.
There it was before me…an epiphany.
God answered my prayers. I was surrounded by the most amazing, beautiful, Christian women and each and every one of them had become a very dear friend and an integral part of my life in their own unique way. This got me thinking about my circle friends beyond that table, and the realization continued.
The people in my life, those I hold dear, those with whom I now associate most frequently are Christians. We may all differ greatly in various aspects of our lives but we have one very important commonality…we love our God!
This realization, as with most, gives way to further realizations. Most importantly the realization came that living a God-centered life not only brings true contentment to us, but it also creates an unbreakable thread that unites us.
Love that Binds Us Together
Jude 1:17-23 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
So, my friends, surround yourselves in beauty, drape yourselves in fine clothes…beauty that comes from God’s love and clothes stitched from the thread of His love that binds us together…for eternity. Tweet This!
Who are your most precious ‘threads’? Let me know in the comments below.
Great article! Loved the prayer too… I’m inputting it into my Echo app 🙂 Thank you!
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