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Friday, August 28, 2015

FAKE FRIENDS!

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and the 26th post in my series entitled "Off On My Tangent!"

'Took all my pills, bye bye'
Woman commits suicide on Facebook...
and none of her 1,082 online friends help**


Today, the internet, especially social media, has made it easy for people all over the world to have instant friends by just clicking the "Accept Friend Request" or "Follow" buttons. When you're tired of any of those so-called friends, all you have to do is hit the "Delete Friend" or "Un-follow" buttons and poof they're gone! But how many people in your circle of friends are really your true friends?

For example, would you give a complete stranger your full name, home address, email, dob, where you go to school, National Insurance Number [SSN in the US], times you're at home, times nobody's home or credit card information? I would hope not! But isn't that what most of us are doing when we complete our online profiles? It's quite shocking the amount of personal information some of these social network sites like Facebook, Google and LinkedIn [to name a few] require just to set up an account! Then there're all those apps - why does an app that's used purely for taking notes require access to my phone contacts, photos and phone history before I can download/use said app? This app is not my friend!!! So how do we determine a true friend? Think of it like this - a good friendship is built on the foundation of common values. Here are some things to look for in such a friend:

~ Your friend should share your spiritual, moral and ethical convictions. [S]he should be loyal, trustworthy, self-sacrificing and help you become a better person. (Proverbs 13:20*) Friendship is a two-way street so to speak. Therefore, you should be loyal, trustworthy, etc. in return. Notice what the Bible says at Proverbs 17:17*: "A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress."
~ Get to know your potential friend's true character by observing him/her in real life. Ask yourself questions like: Who are his/her associates, how does [s]he treat others, is [s]he honest, patient, kind, cold, cheerful, cynical, critical? Take to heart Bible counsel at Matthew 12:34*: "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."
~ Friends don't have to be identical in personality or background! Branch out. There's much to be learned from someone who is young, old or simply from a different culture. Each group has life experiences that can be mutually beneficial. Bible examples of differences in age and background include Jonathan and David, Ruth and Naomi.

True happiness and friendships requires effort and sacrifice on your part. To have a friend, you must first be a friend. Don't be fake...just be yourself. Follow the "Golden Rule" by heeding Jesus' counsel at Luke 6:31*: "Just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them." True friendship is more about giving than getting. You will find that when you put your friend's needs ahead of your own, both of you will benefit. The friend receiving will be happy, but you, the one giving, will be even happier. (Acts 20:35*)

After all is said and done, you might be perfectly content with just a pet for a friend (it doesn't complain, doesn't answer back, never has moods [really!]), but if you'd prefer a friend of the human variety, then don't expect perfection...you are imperfect too! Let Bible counsel be your guide - always have self-sacrificing love, "because love covers a multitude of sins...love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 Peter 4:8*) Oh and if you'd like to be my friend, just follow me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and/or Pinterest! Hahaha!!!


*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
**Article

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See you next time!
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