Last night, my best friend and I had a pretty good time out together. For the record, this wasn't the first time that we've enjoyed each other's company and it certainly won't be the last time. So, the evening itself wasn't that big of a deal. But, it wasn't until I dropped her off at home that I really took inventory on what the night really signified.
On my way home, I whispered a quick prayer to God. I said two simple words, "Thank you". With those two words, I was thanking God for my family, my health, my blessings, my salvation, the incredible seats we got at the Pistons game, being able to avoid getting pulled over by that cop on the side of the road, etc. But, I was also thanking God for blessing me with my friend.
You see, this friend is one of the types of people that we all need in our lives, but only a few of us actually have. Once we actually do gain a friend like this, I think it's important for us to recognize them as often as we can. A "thank you" here; a hug there; a blog entry every once in a while.
There are so many things about her that I can talk about. But I can sum it all up in a nutshell. She's the type of friend...
...who is a fighter. I really admire that she has enough courage to dream big and to fight for her dreams; even when the rest of the world is against her.
...who can find something to smile about, even on her worse days.
...who convicts me when I'm wrong; but does so in a way where it doesn't feel like conviction.
...who patiently deals with me and my incessant issues.
...who can make me laugh, get angry, and laugh again in the same breath.
...who can actually make me feel guilty for not serving on the Finance Ministry (inside joke).
...who can impart spiritual insight on me without ever cracking open her Bible.
...who can educate me as much a college professor.
...who can Instant Message me while talking to me on the phone.
...who -- even when I've dissed her thousands of times before (sometimes for other people) -- has never given on me.
...who reminds me of how great I am, even when I don't feel it.
...who tells me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear.
...who opens my eyes to the blind and misguided truths that I've created about my past relationships.
... who can take one of my small and simple accomplishments and turn it into a milestone.
...who has a heart as pure as gold and integrity as solid as oak.Simply put: She's the type of friend who challenges me to become a better me.
I dare any of you out there to say that they've got a better friend than I have. You'll be disappointed to find out that you don't...