“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.”
In 1995, I got my first ‘boom box’. I remember it was that year, because along with the boom box came Steven Curtis Chapman’s new Christmas CD entitled “The Music of Christmas.” I was so excited about both gifts that I just about died from it, and I spent most of that whole day sitting in a chair in our living room listening to the CD over and over and over and revelling in the fact that it was playing on my very own CD player! Because it was Christmas, and we were in Florida, we had our windows open that day and my mom had put some cinnamon in a pot on the stove, so our whole house smelled faintly of cinnamon and fresh air. To this day, when the weather is cool and there is a hint of cinnamon in the air, I’m transported back to that beautiful day in 1995, and all the happy emotions from that memory come crowding around me.
One of the joys of living life together as Christians is our chance to create memories and to share experiences with each other. The love that God gives us for each other allows us to support one another through good times and bad. When we choose to remain in friendship with each other, a pattern emerges – as we give each other advice and help, we create moments that we will always be able to remember with joy. The best friends are those with whom we have many of those moments. Friends we turned to at our most difficult or confusing moments and were helped by. And just like that hint of cinnamon on the air is for me, the experience of seeing that person again and having a chance to spend time with them brings with it the joyful emotions produced by our history of memories with them and our knowledge that they sincerely care about us.
Do you have friends like this? Do you have people you can turn to for good advice and support? If you do, take a moment today to drop them a note on Facebook or over email, or give them a call to say thank you for the gift they are in your life. If you don’t have this kind of friendship, begin to seek it out and pray that God brings a good friend to your life. We are not meant to be alone, and deep frienships are a blessing to our Christian walk and our lives that can’t be underestimated.