Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.–George Washington
In the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. I also reconnected with a childhood friend that I haven’t talked to in over thirty-six years! (Facebook can be pretty awesome in some ways, but in others…not so much…but that is another subject.) That got me to thinking about friendships and how they change as we get older. Friends are a serious thing when you are a child, but they are easily made and just as easily forgotten. But with the innocence of a child we can make friends without any inhibitions. Making friends as an adult is a more serious undertaking. As adults we are not as trusting and are more self-conscious. It takes time and effort to make friends as an adult. However, when a you do make a true friend as an adult it can be a lasting relationship. With that said, if a friend betrays you as an adult, a trust is broken and is very difficult to repair or rebuild, and it makes it very hard for a person to make new friends. Thankfully there is one friend that will never betray me–Jesus Christ. Friends are wonderful and if you have them they should be cherished; however, there is only one that one “friend” that you truly need.