I love the “I Love Lucy” show. I remember watching an episode where Lucy and Ethel were going to appear in a show and they were going to sing the song “Friendship” by Cole Porter. During practice they sang with joy and happiness…”If you’re ever in a jam, here I am…If you’re ever in a mess S.O.S…if you’re ever so happy you land in jail, I’m your bail…it’s friendship, friendship, just the perfect blendship…when other friendships have been forgot, ours will still be hot…la la la la la, dig, dig, dig….
Things began to go awry when they realized they both had picked out the same dress to wear. They agreed they would each pick out a different dress to wear and return the one they both had. However, when they came out on stage, neither one had returned the dress. As they began to sing the song, they started pulling and tearing at each other’s dress, until their husbands (Ricky and Fred) came out on stage on pulled them apart.
What a wonderful episode, so funny and so true. How many times have we promised a friend that we would do something and then turn around and do the opposite, or maybe you don’t do anything at all? The word “friendship” means the state of being a friend. That means you must put action to the word.
I wonder about people who have lots of “friends”. It’s really hard to give a piece of yourself to so many people. I don’t have many friends, and that’s not because I’m a mean person, unfriendly, or don’t like women. If you’re my friend, I take that very seriously. If you’re my friend, there is a cost on both sides. If you’re my friend, I give of my time, resources, and whatever I have available that my friend needs. It doesn’t mean I’ve always been the best friend, or always said the right thing…but my heart is always with my friend.
I have a very close friend, who I’ve been friends with since high school and they are going through a very serious illness. My heart is sad. But, it is my responsibility to assist this person in whatever way they need, not just in word, but in deed. It is my responsibility to not only pray, but to go to doctor’s appointments, make a meal, or just be a listening ear.
Today, think about the friends in your life. Will you determine to be a true friend, by being a person of your word? Don’t operate out of jealousy with your friend. Give your friend a call and let them know how much they mean to you. Give your friend your heart…and your hand.
To my friend – if you are reading this…I love you more than you’ll ever know and I’m there for you.
“A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17
Love you to life!