Peace of Wisdom

By Andy Andrews

What kind of friend are you? 

Are you the kind that’s honest, who handles the heart of your friends with care, or do you tell your friends only what they want to hear?

Are you a good listener, or is the conversation usually centered around you?

The Greek Philosopher Plutarch once said “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”

He was right…a trustworthy friend is an honest friend who remains patiently consistent – even, and especially, during difficult times when the last thing we need to hear is what we want to hear. 

The best kinds of friends are those who hold us accountable when we veer off course. They give wise counsel, celebrate successes, listen intently, laugh, cry…and sometimes they’re just there, because we need them to be. Those are the kind of friends that feel more like family.

Not only should we seek to surround ourselves with faithful friends like these – and give thanks for the ones we have – we should always strive to be this kind of friend.

Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in valuable friendships.


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