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May 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015

BFFL* Shuffle
'Two people are better off than one.' Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT


Ok, maybe we’re risking getting a little primary school here, but we reckon it’s worth it. We don’t care how old you are, the whole making friends thing is always relevant. It doesn’t really get any easier, does it? Whenever we hit a new stage in our life, we can find ourselves feeling that familiar ‘how do I make friends?’ feeling. So here’s some practical tips.

First of all, try talking. Practice really does make perfect. Don’t worry about being witty and original—just try speaking. This will build your confidence as well as allowing others an opportunity to get to know you.

Second, learn to listen. You don’t have to have a life–or–death story of ‘How I scaled Everest without an inhaler’ for people to want to talk to you. Actually people generally love talking about themselves so, by listening, you give them a chance to be centre stage.

Thirdly, have the courage to be you. Don’t apologise for the lame bands you like or pretend to be the ‘life and soul’ if you’re more happy with a quiet coffee and a chat. You’re a masterpiece in God’s eyes (even if there’s a bit of spiritual renovation still to go). And finally, choose your friends. There will always be cliques and tribes who think everyone should know their place (yawn). But there will also be those not bothered about ‘who’s in’ and ‘who’s out’. People who won’t judge you are going to make better friends anyway. So, thank God for the people around you. If you feel like there’s something missing for you, people–wise, ask God to fill that gap somehow. He put you together and He not only knows you need friendships, but what sort as well.

*Best Friends For Life 

SoulFood: Lam 1:1-3:39, Matt 13:47-58, Ps 113, Prov 14:1-4

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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