Not-So-New Thoughts On New People

Hello! I’m so glad you dropped by. I’m telling you, two weeks is a long time to wait between posts.

School, for me, is officially in full-swing! Though I am homeschooled, I have plenty of classes that start up right as the school year begins. What is your favorite thing about starting up a new school year? Ask me what my favorite is, and I’ll tell you, “That’s easy. Meeting new people!” I, for one, am a highly social person (it runs in the family). It’s sort of a second-nature habit to befriend and welcome newcomers—a hobby of mine, I guess you could say. Currently, I am happily overwhelmed with the fact that there are so many new people in my classes that I am having trouble figuring out a way to meet them all!

I have realized what a key element hospitality is in loving others. I am so grateful to have places where I am surrounded by familiar faces and fantastic friends, but I have been on the flip-side of the coin, first hand. I have been the new person before. In fact, in some outlets, I am currently the new person! You’ve been there too. Maybe it was a new school, new job, new church, new town, state, country, etc. Remember the feeling that you wished someone would take the time to tear away from their already-formed group of friends and get to know you? Include you? Befriend you? Maybe I like making friends with people so much because there have been times when I’ve wanted to make friends so badly, but no one really gave much attention to the fact that I was new and friendless.

Never underestimate your effort to befriend a new person. As an advocate for all new persons around the globe, I’ll tell you that it does make a difference. Sometimes the hospitality factor of a certain place is the impression that sticks the most. How many people came up and greeted me? How many people were friendly? I challenge you to take the initiative to get to know a new person around you this week.

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Hospitality is one of the ways that we can reflect Christ’s light and emit His love from within us to others. Sometimes, being a friend takes looking past the differences and prejudices we may have with someone and treating them with the care that Christ treats us with. Life is way too short not to “Love your neighbor as yourself” {Matthew 19:19 NLT}.

You know, one of the things I like to do when trading contact information with a newly-made friend is to give them one of my blog flyers (You know where this is headed). =) Point your new (and old) friends in the direction of Everything Pretty Much via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or word of mouth! When you comment today, tell me your thoughts on being the new person/welcoming new people.

God bless you this week!

Your friend, Marjorie

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” {John 13:34-35 NLT}

The Company We Keep

Hey there! What did you do this past weekend? I got a little time to catch up with a mentor friend of mine. Thank you, Allie, for your words of encouragement and a wonderful little visit! =)

I am blessed to have many godly friends around me that love the Lord and share many similar views and beliefs as I do. But, things weren’t always this way. There have been times when the counsel, influence, and behavior of those I called my friends was, well, less than godly. My parents were a big help in pointing out these friendships to my attention when I couldn’t see the wrong for myself. Not that I appreciated their warnings at the time, but I can definitely look back with much thankfulness.

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It is so important to surround ourselves with good company: godly friends and mentors. As 1 Corinthians 15:33 {NLT} says, “…bad company corrupts good character.” Friends and the counsel and influence that they give us, whether it be good and edifying or bad and destructive, shape us into the people we become. Two good quotes on friendship sum up this effect: Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future. Show me your friends, and I’ll show you who you are.

There are some friendships that we pour into the other, some that we get poured into by the other, and some that there is a mutual pouring and being poured into. Make sure that you have a healthy balance of all three in your life. Remember, just as we want godly friends that will point us towards Christ, we should strive to be those same kind of friends to those around us: the kind that will love them like Christ does, encourage them and keep them accountable in their spiritual walk, and be there for them, faithfully praying alongside them. 

Read more on friends and good company in the Bible: Psalm 37:30, Proverbs 27:9, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Colossians 3:16.

When you comment today, do you have any advice (maybe even from personal experience) on how to be a godly friend or on how to surround yourself with godly friends? I love to hear from you as always (you can send me a note in the Contact section, remember?)… and, as a favor to a friend like me (wink), tell your friends to subscribe to Everything Pretty Much at the bottom of the page… don’t forget to tell them to “confirm” in their email inbox. Wow, thanks, you’re such a good friend! =) 

Have a blessed week!

Your friend, Marjorie

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. {Proverbs 17:17 NLT}