A Little Bit of Formation

I recently ran accross this definition of friendship and it occured to me that this was also a pretty good definition of Christian Fellowship. It may be worthwhile, in our efforts toward Formation, to pause and consider how well we conform to this definition as we encounter not only our friends, but also the strangers and yes, even the "enemies" in our lives. - Steve Shaffer

A Friend......

(A)ccepts you as you are

(B)elieves in "you"

(C)alls you just to say "HI"

(D)oesn't give up on you

(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)

(F)orgives your mistakes

(G)ives unconditionally

(H)elps you

(I)nvites you over to

(J)ust "be" with you

(K)eeps you close at heart

(L)oves you for who you are

(M)akes a difference in your life

(N)ever judges

(O)ffers support

(P)icks you up

(Q)uiets your fears

(R)aises your spirits

(S)ays nice things about you

(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it

(U)nderstands you

(V)alues you

(W)alks beside you

(X)-plains things you don't understand

(Y)ells when you won't listen and

(Z)aps you back to reality

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