Where to Find Your Strength

Philippians 4:10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Friends are fun and can be some of the most affirming influence in our lives, but we all know that friends sometimes let you down. Some won’t do for you, what you would be willing to do for them. Do you realize that THEY are normal and YOU are exceptional? If you are an exceptionally giving person, you can’t expect your friends to live up to your gift of compassion and service. It’s just not fair. If you are an exceptionally good friend, I’m proud of you and God is too. Just don’t stay bitter or disappointed because others don’t reach out to you like you do to them.

On the other hand, Jesus was exceptional. He set an example of giving sacrificially that we fall short in imitating. Our strength and affirmation, as well as our example, comes from Him. He alone gives beyond what we give. He alone has the provision for our lives. It we draw our strength and faith and confidence from Him, then when our friends DO go a step beyond their comfort zone to help or encourage us, that will be the icing on the cake and gravy on the potatoes. Enjoy your friends, but realize that God is our source… not those friends.