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    4 posts, 4 voices, 390 views, started Jan 29, 2009

    Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      A Microwave Friend    

      Friends are hard to come by. Why do we lack friends? Where have all the
      friends gone?  

      Has our generation followed the path with friendship that we have taken
      with food? I am serious! Think about it. Ours is a generation dependent
      upon convenient substitutes.  

      When I was a little girl and went to visit my grandpa, he would set me
      on the kitchen counter and let me watch him make popcorn in the popcorn
      machine. Those special times with grandpa and the popcorn machine were
      not to last. The problem is not my having grown too big to be sat on the
      counter. My grandpa discovered the convenience of microwave popcorn. It
      is easy, cheap and quick.  

      Now, when I go to visit my grandpa, he has me put a bag in the micro and
      nuke it. I eat the popcorn but I look around the kitchen and there’s no
      grandpa with me. It only takes one to stick a bag of popcorn in the
      microwave. I miss those precious moments of making popcorn with grandpa.  

      Our generation has made a convenient substitute for a true friend. We
      might call someone our friend, but do we even know what a true friend
      is? My definition of a good friend is someone with whom you can do
      nothing. You need no scheduled activities in order for your friendship
      to work just each other. We don’t really know our “friends” anymore. We
      know what kind of stuff they like to do but do we know what they are

      Friendship is having a relationship that stays strong no matter what
      circumstances you‘re in. True friendship takes time, love, and self
      sacrifice. I’m tired of just okay friendships. I want the real thing.
      Are you willing to give up the ease and convenience of microwave friends
      to really spend time talking with someone and getting to know them? Or
      has our culture already warped our brains into thinking that we don’t
      really need true friends? Are we willing to sacrifice ourselves to help
      someone else?  

      We all need friends. It’s time to lay aside our phony friendships and
      start building true ones. Do it now, or one day we’ll all look back and
      realize that we gave up real popcorn for the microwave stuff.  

      "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24  


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