When my granddaughter turned five, she received lots of wonderful gifts and cards from family
and friends. But, one stood out. Her kindergarten friend, Maya, had insisted on making a card for Anna and writing her own special message in it:
“To a special birthday girl.
You are really my friend.
You are better than anything.
Best sisters forever.”
Melts your heart, doesn’t it? It really celebrates their friendship and enjoyment of one another. I particularly love the line ‘you are better than anything’. Wouldn’t you love someone to say that to you today? Or your family to give you a standing ovation for the meal you prepared for them? Or to cheer when you entered the room – just because it’s you and they’re happy to be with you?
These extreme examples may not happen, but you need to hear encouraging, uplifting words simply for being you and to remember to give such words to the people in your life who are beside you both in good times or bad, to celebrate or to cry.people in your life who are beside you both in good times or bad, to celebrate or to cry. Click To Tweet
‘Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” He whispered.
“Nothing” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you”.
How wonderful to have people in your life to whom you can say “I’m sure of you” and to be the friend that others can count on.
So many songs and movies celebrate friendship, from Carole King’s ‘You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running… You’ve got a friend’ to Toy Story’s ‘You got troubles and I got ‘em too. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you, we stick together, we can see it through, cause you’ve got a friend in me’. One of the most popular songs of our time, ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’ is a celebration of friendship and the people who love and support you no matter what. As writer/philosopher Elbert Hubbard put it ‘A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you’.
‘A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you’. - Elbert Hubbard Click To Tweet
One of the most endearing movies, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, shows George Bailey discovering how much his life has impacted others and then they, in turn, uphold him, prompting the angel to leave this note:
Wouldn’t you love to receive a note or card today that exclaims ‘you are better than anything!’ Well, you already have – God’s word tells us over and over of His vast love for us and how much he treasures each of His children. Perhaps His card to you today would say:
‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!’ (Jeremiah 31:3)‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!’ (Jeremiah 31:3) Click To Tweet