Sorry about not having a Testimony Tuesday last week, but I did an Easter post, so hopefully that makes up for it at least a little bit! 🙂
Those of you who know me fairly well, know that I love to laugh. I can laugh hysterically at the smallest things my friends say, which is why I love to be around them. It really isn’t very difficult to make me laugh, but my closest friends and family can never fail to bring a smile to my face and as I look back on all the good times we’ve had, even the memories make me laugh. A huge part of that is because I surround myself with people who lift me up and support me with the things I’m interested in. They are easy to forgive if they do something I don’t like, and I don’t think I’ve ever been mad at any of them for more than a few hours. It is so easy to be myself around them. I really couldn’t care less about how crazy or weird I am with them and somehow, they haven’t yet sent me off to a psych ward for it. Then again, they’re pretty crazy themselves. Which is mostly why I love them. 😉
I know that all of my friends have influenced or taught me at some point in my life, whether good or bad. If it was bad, it was usually a lesson I learned – I found that I learned what I didn’t want to be rather than being influenced to act the way they did. And vice versa. If it was good, they taught me how I want to be. Most often the latter. I have become who I am today because I surrounded myself with close friends who only were good examples to me.
I have a lot of friends or acquaintances, but I don’t have a lot of close friends. And I’m perfectly okay with it. Those I do have are the ones I have been friends with and will continue to be friends with for years and years, hopefully forever because they are amazing people. It is pretty awesome how much the people around you can influence you. Whether you realize it or not, they are changing, molding, helping you become the person you are now or will be soon. When I look back on my life and what I have become, so much of it has to do with the friends I spent most of my time with. We have been examples to each other and built each other up, helped each other grow and been there always when we were needed for the other.
I have a wonderful friend who actually once told me that I have been an example to her just by showing her that I don’t really care what others think of me, I can laugh at anything, and I stand up for what I believe. That initially is how I gained my testimony of the Gospel and of God and Jesus Christ. She showed me how I was acting and it made me do a double take and wonder why exactly I was doing those things that I had been taught. Just as I was an example to her, she was an example to me. She lifted me up and helped me be more open and ready to laugh at anything. With her in my life, I am ready to greet every day with a smile.
Another friend has been in my life every since I can remember. We’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve always been there for each other. She listens very well and lets me know she’s there and cares about me. I know everything will be okay once I’ve talked to her. She lifts me up when I’m down and her hugs always make me feel better. Her example has been wonderful. She is amazing, and though she’s married now, she’ll always be my best friend and sister.
Finally, I have the most amazing friend who can listen to anything I tell him and still not have him run away screaming. I seriously can go to him with any problem and he will listen to whatever I say and he can always say the thing I need to hear. Haha and honestly, there’s pretty much nothing that can be awkward between us. I can say anything, no matter how dumb, and still not feel stupid afterward. We can talk all day and still have more to say the next day and the next. And every time, we find something to laugh about. I love having him in my life because he helps make it so much brighter.
These three people are my closest friends and I have no idea what I would do without them. They have made my life so much easier when it comes to choosing the right. I never really had a problem with trying to decide between something that was wrong but the “in” thing to do and something that was right but nobody looked at with praise. I have grown and am still growing into someone who is strong and ready to face the world and the evil within it. And it is all because of these people. They are the best things that have happened to me and are the greatest things in my life. I will treasure their friendships until the end of time and probably even beyond that. They mean the world to me, and without them, I wouldn’t know true friendship.
You have no idea the effect you can have on a person’s life when you become their friend and treat them with unconditional love and kindness. You can change their life forever. So I encourage you to find at least one friend like this and thank them for being who they are and loving you despite your faults. Without these kinds of friends, life would be so much more difficult.