Friendships are very important to me. I have chosen good friends, bad friends, and sometimes even fake friends. And to be honest, there were times when I could have been a better friend myself. But my goal is to be a Godly and loving friend. I want to have the impact that God wants me to have in my friendships for His glory. I have grown to understand over the years that friendships can’t always be about convenience or what we have in common. We need friends that will help us fulfill the purpose and the plans that God has for us.
My seven-year old and I had a discussion about friendships when we were reading the book of Daniel this week. Allow me to tell you the shortened version of the story… In the book of Daniel chapter two, guards are coming for Daniel and his friends, to kill them. Daniel is caught off guard and immediately goes to speak with King Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar explains that since none of his wise men can retell the dream he had and explain its meaning…he is killing them all! Daniel asks for a little more time and his request is granted. Daniel immediately goes to his three friends, who he asks to join him in prayer. He asks them to pray for God’s mercy and to ask God to reveal the meaning of the King’s dream. The scripture then goes on to tell us how God does in fact show mercy and God reveals the meaning of the King’s dream to Daniel.
As my son and I talked about friendship I got excited as I thought about how Daniel had some really awesome friends! It got me to thinking about my own friends that I have had the opportunity to pray with and for me. Just like Daniel and his buddies, I too have united in prayer with my friends and God has showed up! I want God to provide friends like that for my boys in the years to come.
Do you have friends like Daniel had? As parents we have to first, model the types of friends we want our children to have. We need to pray that God will give them godly friends and that they will be godly friends themselves. Our children are watching us constantly. God is willing and waiting to give us parental wisdom and the power to navigate our friendships. We have only a short time to guide our children’s friendship choices, but we can train them and provide tools for their entire lifetime through God’s Word. Let your children see the importance of Godly friends at work in your life and watch God show up in miraculous ways!