Have you ever been in Girl Scouts? I bet even if you haven’t, you know someone who was. And I bet you know this tune from the friendship song.
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver; the other is gold.
Admit it; you sang that line, didn’t you? I know I did.
Friendships are such a treasure; some come into our lives for just a season, while others last our lifetime.
As we approach our forties and fifties, we may find that some of our friendships have fallen away. It’s a big change from when we were attending school or raising young children. Then, we were surrounded by other kids and parents eager to get together for play dates, birthday parties, or school functions.
Sometimes you may feel like you’re on your own now. Particularly if you’re transitioning through an empty nest like packing your kids off to college, their first apartment, or even marriage.
Tips for Old Friendships
— Plan to meet up with a friend. I say plan because life can be crazy, and we may need to plan in advance to have coffee or dinner with our friends.
— Call, text or video call your friend. It’s not the same as being present in person, but it can bridge long distances.
— Send your friend a snail mail card, just because.
— On the other hand, maybe you still wonder about a former coworker or someone you went to school with you haven’t seen in years. You never know if God is touching you with that person. Think about it, why don’t you reach out?
Tips for New Friendships
— Consider your interests, visit some places where you’re likely to find others who love the Lord and Attend a Bible Study or church function. You can even sign up for craft, painting, or fitness classes.
— Volunteer in your community. Working for causes you believe can lead to lasting friendships.
— There are advantages to socializing with people of different ages. Interact with someone older or younger when you’re eating lunch in the park, at a church function, or even at the grocery store.
— Be patient. Sometimes it takes time to develop a connection.
Tips for Any Friendship
— Know when it’s time to take off your mask. Friendships develop when we allow others to know us. You can become more personal as you become comfortable with each other.
— Sometimes, we get rejected, and that’s okay. Give yourself credit for trying, but don’t be afraid to try again.
— Focus on meaningful interactions.— Having a few close friends is a treasure and a blessing from God. But, Later in life, you may enjoy more solitude while still treasuring when you gather with friends or loved ones.
— Be supportive. If you can help, help. Give and receive with grace.
Move into your golden years with friends who serve as guides, confidants, and cheerleaders.
Many friendships can last a lifetime. But, remember, you’re never too old to make new friends. In midlife, you still have a lot of exciting years ahead, so find companions to share them with.
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.Proverbs 27:9— NIV
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