Friends (Part 2)

Today I want to focus on the characteristics of great friends. When evaluating the people you surround yourself with, I want you to focus on the people who you spend the most time with. We all have a lot of friends or acquaintances that we may interact with, but I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the people who you are choosing to do life with.

If you want to have a great life, you have to surround yourself great friends. Before you can have great friends, you have to know what great friends look like. In my life, I have found that (the points with a ** are points that I believe are REALLY what separates good friends from great friends):

**Great Friends are Great People – Yesterday I posted about evaluating your friends. It’s ok to do that. Look at their life. Are they a great person? Are they doing great things with their lives? Are they growing? Are they healthy? Do they make good choices? Great people make great friends.

Great Friends Can Always Pick Up Where They left Off – I have found that great friends do not get offended if you don’t call them every week or hang out every few days. Great friends can go months without seeing you and pick the friendship back up like no time has passed at all.

**Great Friends Love You Enough to Not Let You Stay Where You Are – Great friends see your potential. They know you dreams. They know your goals. They encourage you. The help you grow. They help you reach your goals. They don’t let you settle for anything less than the best.

**Great Friends Don’t Let You Go Stupid – Proverbs 16:26 says, “There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.” We can justify and rationalize anything. Great friends don’t let us make stupid rationalizations! They aren’t afraid to call us out and say, “That is a stupid thought” or “If you do that, you’ll ruin your life.”

**Great Friends Love You Unconditionally –This is huge. Loving someone unconditionally does NOT mean loving them and accepting them no matter what they do. Great friends love their friends no matter what, but that does NOT mean they love everything their friends do. Sometimes loving unconditionally is confronting someone about their actions. Sometimes loving unconditionally is setting boundaries.  

Great Friends Are There for the Highs and Lows – Great friends celebrate when there is something to celebrate and they mourn with you when there is something to mourn about.

Great Friends Are A Blast to Hang Out With – Great friends make great memories together. This one may be obvious, but you should LOVE getting to spend time with your great friends.

Great Friends Energize You – When you spend time with a great friend, you leave with more energy than you came with. They fire you up. Your life is better because of having spent time with them.

What characteristics do you look for in great friends? 

Do your friends have these characteristics? 


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