I married a man in the military, so we moved every few years. There was always so much involved: packing, finalizing bills, and all those last minute to-dos that come out of absolutely nowhere. Sometimes it was exciting and other times it was more difficult, but what always made leaving worthwhile was this: the gift of friendship.

We were created to connect, and not just on the surface, but also on a heart–to-heart level. People are lonely and are dying on the inside, desperately needing friendship with someone who is willing to offer themselves and their time.

Just as our God reaches out to us and gives us the best friend we could ever desire through Jesus, we too can be friends to others in their time of need.

There is a well known saying that goes like this: “At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

The precious friendships I have made along the way have meant a lot to me because they were given to me at a time when I most needed them. I was always thankful when someone took the time out of their busy life and made me feel like I was valued and not forgotten.

God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). So let’s be a friend to others who might feel alone and abandoned, and show them that they are deeply loved and desired.

Heavenly Father, thank you for reaching out to me through your son, Jesus. Thank you for sending me the best friend in the world, and help me to be the light of Jesus by showing others how much they are cherished. Amen.

Today’s Challenge: Reach out to someone this week in a meaningful way. Take them out for a simple cup of coffee or tea. It doesn’t take a lot to let someone know they are cared for.

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