“It is unlikely that most of us would have done anything of real significance in our lives if we had not been called to it by someone else.
Everyone needs a wisdom figure in life that gives direction, confidence and spiritual guidance. Friendship calls us beyond ourselves to love without expecting a return, to live without counting costs. Friendship is our ability to see the needs of the other.
The miracles in our lives are seldom of our own making. They are simply the function of a few loving friends, the people around us who care enough to call us beyond our own definitions of ourselves. Love inspires,” writes Joan Chittister.
Not only do friends’ help call us into significant roles, but real friends inspire by love. Nothing has greater power to affect our inspiration and usefulness than a loving friend. This is done by what Chittister says, “people who care enough to call us beyond our own definitions of ourselves.” Love inspires.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you.” Jesus