I am challenged. I know that may sound funny, and my family is probably saying, “Duh!” but what I mean to say is I am being challenged. Challenged to stretch. grow. change. And it’s not comfortable or easy.
True Confessions? I am a recovering control freak. I have mentioned that issue before so I won’t dive too far in. Just far enough to admit it. Here’s how.
I have had a skewed view of friendship. I am happy to spend time with friends, listen to their stories, laugh with them, cry with them, take care of their children, live life. But when my life gets busy, I put my head down and get busy, withdrawing from others, ignoring calls or letting texts drop. Definitely not reaching out, sometimes not responding when an invitation would come my way. In this way, I was controlling my friendships. I was being a one way friend. And in a way, I was controlling relationships.
That is not a friend. A friend loves at all times.
When is all? Oh yeah. ALL.
I am challenged. I want to be a better friend. I want to reconnect, reach out, invite, participate.
Ann Voskamp and the team at (in)Courage are planning something big to help women like me be more intentional with friendships. I suggest you take a look at their plans here. Let me know how you’re being stretched and if you’re challenged like me. And if you have called me your friend, and I haven’t acted like one, not only am I truly sorry but know that I am committed to change. Of course that means more FUN! And that’s the perfect thing for a Friday, right?