Wings of Friendship...

“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” C.S Lewis
Aren't we all glad for people we can call friends? Especially Christian friends. This quote brought to mind a friend of mine when i first read it. We met when we were still shaky Christians... but together we've grown, well he's grown and I'm coming up, but he hasn't left me, he's up there encouraging me and pulling me up. It takes a conversation with him to fire me up and make me want more... I truly understand what this quote says.
(Out of context from the quote)
I'm glad for the friend(s) i have to encourage me on bad days, those who have pushed me towards my dreams and whose faith in me, my abilities and strength i didn't even know existed have made me see that i really can. Those who are ready to drop on their knees or bow their heads to say a prayer for me when i need it... or just because they want to.

I have loads of friends, but just a few make me feel like WOW... beyond the gossip, and wanting to take and take and take, and being competitive... it's all just empty companionship. I held on to this emptiness for so long thinking how i didn't want to be left out and all the other empty reasons. But if you believe you can fly, and those around you are still marveling at the pedals of a bicycle, then it's time for you to walk to the street where wings are grown from mutual respect, genuine interest in what your dreams of pushing boundaries are and the giving of encouragement, daily doses of faith, hope and wisdom pumped into you. Somehow, you'll get to meet those who'll help you in your growth, it's up to you to believe and desire change, and be willing to be moved from where you are, to this new place of friendship in this 'chanced' meeting, that is more of the creators creation of an earthly support system that encourages you and takes you where you ought to be.
I'm glad for the friends i have to hold me as i struggle to rock steady in my faith. Those that call to encourage me on the somewhat scary journey I've embarked on... They may be a few, or just one or two, but i know our meeting was far beyond chance in that office, same neighborhood as a child, mutual friends and being born into the same family. Because i have been willing, and more importantly, they have been willing to be there for me, we've stuck it out and i can feel the wings flapping, I'm ready to fly.
Choose from amongst your friends whom you surround yourself with, open your eyes and your mind to opportunities of beautiful friendship thrown at you... Dare to step out of your clique... dare to walk away from the bicycle gawkers and settle in the place where you can fly.Words and negative energy go a long way in limiting you and clipping the wings of your dreams. 


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