Someone at lunch recently mentioned her “friends.” My mother replied, “My family are my friends.”
In the “social media” world of today, the lines of relationship are fully blurred. We see photoshopped pictures and accept them as true. Profane words once spoken only by crusty old sailors in the privacy of dark taverns are now printed or videoed for everyone to see and hear. Even the concept of being a “friend” is lost.
Who is a “friend” anyway? The guy who puts a picture of his dinner on Foursquare? The lady whose son’s soccer league trophy is plastered on Pinterest? The man who texts you with the newest fad product he’s selling? The woman who sends out an invitation to all 3,587 of her best “friends” on Facebook?
The Bible says that a friend is someone who loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17) and sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). These extremely few and far-between people are friends. Define them properly. Count them carefully. Cherish them deeply.