DAY 6: FRIENDS
Welcome to Day 6 of the #OolaForChristians Challenge.
Random Bible fact: God made Man on the 6th day. God also said it was not good for man to live alone. So, I bet you can guess what our focus is today… Friends! While living out the OolaLife, it is imperative to have quality friends on the journey beside you. Throughout the book, Oola for Christians, we can see how Jesus showed us the importance of not just having people help him with his ministry but also that he had true friends that he did life with. Even though Jesus got hurt and betrayed (like most of us have), he didn’t allow that to stop him from letting people in.
In chapter 8 of Oola for Christians, it states: “One of the best ways to amplify your life and steadily move toward Oola is to surround yourself with positive people who will give you wise counsel, cheer you on—but also challenge you to do better, achieve more, and stay focused. True friends don’t have an agenda. They’re not interested in keeping you small in order to make themselves feel bigger. They want to see you succeed. Additionally, smart, successful people like to hang out together. Find the possibility thinkers in your circle and cultivate those friendships. These are the people—Christians and non-churched friends—who can give you a broader perspective about anything you want to do. Lastly, be grateful and thank God for those friends who elevate and celebrate you. These selfless and generous friends are worth their weight in gold.”
We all want good friends, but are we a good friend?
Day 6 - Today’s challenge is to do something nice for a friend, just because. You could make your friend dinner, offer to come by and do a load of laundry, babysit, take your friend to a hockey game, offer to wash their car or simply write them a letter letting them know how much they mean to you. So often we save letting our friends know how much they mean to us until we are asked to speak at their funeral. Take today to let your friends know how much you love them.
“One who loves with a pure heart and speaks with grace will have a king for a friend.”
PROVERBS 22:11 NIV
God, thank you that your word says that you are a friend that sticks closer than a brother. How you care for me lets me care for others. Help me to be a person that empowers the people to be who you have called them to be. When I am struggling, help me to know that I am capable of healthy relationships. Today I lift up (your friends name) to you in thanksgiving. Thank you for putting them in my life.