Friends (TRUE friends) are hard to come by. When I was young, having ‘lots’ of friends was a big deal…I really thought I had lots of friends as a teenager and young adult. As I’ve gotten older, my definition of friend has changed. The truth is, on Facebook I currently have 438 friends. Wow! But the reality is…only a handful of them are tried and true. My pastor says that true friends are “the people who run into the room of your life when everyone else is running out.” He has also said that there are 3 types of friends: Friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for life. Honestly, you have to go through crises in your life to discern who those friends for life are. They are the ones you can call in the middle of the night…they aren’t afraid to look you in the eye and tell you when you’re wrong…they don’t judge you when you make stupid mistakes…they love you no matter who you are now or who you were yesterday or who you may become tomorrow…they stand by you when the world turns away…they always make time for you…they listen…they encourage… As I’ve gotten older, and ‘friends’ have come and gone, I feel honored and blessed that I can actually count on two hands (yes, two!) those genuine, lifelong friends. Most of them are my family…a select few are not (at least not by blood)…you all know who you are…I don’t have to tell you.