"The best things in life are free...like friends."
Just because money can't buy it, it doesn't mean it doesn't cost.
There are different types of currencies and money is only one of them. You can be rich in money and poor in love. Or you can be abundant in energy and bankrupt in time. Relationships happen to be the most expensive thing a person can have. Translation of expensive: it COSTS a lot. But you'll notice anything that is VALUABLE often does.
Diamonds, gold, gems and pearls are one category of riches, but there is something more valuable than those: PEOPLE.
Human beings are of higher worth than anything else on the planet. So relationships with them are valuable and therefore very costly. Cost and value are 2 different things - similar, but different. Value is based on how much something is worth. The cost is how much we’re willing to PAY in order to gain the said item of worth.
value: relative worth, merit, or importance.
cost: the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything
Let me decode that for you: if you value it, you'll pay the cost.
CHEAP FRIENDSHIPS DON'T COST MUCH
We have a choice. We can have "cheap friendships" - They don't cost us much love, sacrifice, time, or energy. But you get what you pay for. If the friendship you have with someone is worth it, you can bet there'll be a price tag attached. Cheap friendships are easy to get, just like the cheap goods you buy from the shops. I have a genuine leather bag, and a cheap fake. Guess which one broke easily, has tears in it, a kind of weird smell, and stopped working after only a couple of months? Yeah, the one I paid twenty bucks for. My gorgeous leather one however - I won't tell you how much it cost, but it is lasting, strong, and best of all, real leather gets softer and better looking with time! Praise the Lord for genuine leather (and, for the record, it smells amazing). Guess which friendships are going to last through thick and thin? Guess which ones will get better with time? Guess which ones won't tear and break down after only a few months? The ones you pay for.
Cheap friends might be fun to hang out with for a while, but will they be there for you when you walk through the fire?
Better question: will you be there for them? Are your friendships strong enough to handle personality clashes and disagreements or will they tear easily because you haven't paid the price?
///PROVERBS 18 : 24///
"Friends come and friends go,
but a true friend sticks by you like family."
Wanna be rich in friendships? Well, how much are you willing to pay? Great, valuable, deep, lasting, strong friendships are the ones we INVEST ourselves into.
How do you pay? By SPENDING!
Spending is just another word for "giving something to acquire something of value". If the friendship is worth it, you'll give time to them. You'll give energy. You'll give conversation. You'll give understanding. You'll give love. And yeah, you'll give some money if gifts are their love language! Ultimately, you'll give you heart to acquire what is, in God's eyes, more precious than jewels. A person who can love you right back.
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