Virtual Friendship Retreat
Guest Blogger: Meghan Ramiro
Friendship. Something that comes so easy to some, but definitely not to me. I have been incredibly shy my entire life. I don’t mean bashful, I mean that the thought of striking up a conversation with someone was enough to make me almost sick. Growing up, I was the kid that had more imaginary friends than real ones. I think I can count on one hand the people I’ve counted as true friends in my life. For a while that bothered me. I used to wish I was popular, but as time passed, I grew to be content with being by myself, and as I got into my adult years I actually prided myself on being this solitary creature.
At 31 years old I still struggle with this. I’m in ministry at my church so I have to interact with people. That sounds terrible, right? Everyone in the congregation sees me up front on the worship team. They’ve heard me preach on a Sunday night. But how can I really minister to anyone if I can’t have a conversation with them?
I have friends that I wish I was closer with but for so many of my own reasons I let us fall out of touch.
There is a passage in scripture that I have to remind myself of regularly when I feel like retreating back into my shell:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
God did not intend us to walk through this life on our own. Even at the beginning of creation when He made Adam, God said that it was not good for man to be alone and He made Adam a helpmeet. God also brings certain people into our lives to encourage us, love us, and even to set us straight when we need it.
I remember the day that I met one of my closest friends, Amy. I was sitting in one of the back rows of church one Sunday morning and she was a couple of seats over. I heard this sweet, quiet voice say, “I like your shoes”, and the rest is history. We became fast friends and she has been such a blessing to me. We’ve watched each other get married, cried with each other when life dealt some of its harshest blows, and cried happy tears when we each brought our little miracles into the world.
I am so thankful that I wore cute shoes that Sunday morning! She and I are both so shy that I wonder if we would’ve ever become the friends we are today if it hadn’t been for that common ground.
So here’s my challenge to you: don’t be an island. You need someone even if you don’t think you do. And think about this: someone needs YOU. You never know who may be hurting, lonely and desperate for someone to love on them. You can change someone’s life just by being a friend, and they can change yours.
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