• Mary Elizabeth Sieg-Weeks

Choose People who Lift You up!

“Choose people who lift you up.” — Michelle Obama

Do any search on improving yourself and one of the tips will be to hang around with people who make you look better, make new friends every day, become friends with people who are already doing the things you want to do. One of the things I have learned in the past ten years is that people who steal my joy are not worth the time I invest in them and I have severed many ties that were holding me back.

During a particularly tough two year battle our family has endured the one thing I remember most is an encounter with a friend of mine. She came into the store I worked at and asked how I was doing. I wasn’t doing well, and you know trying to let her know I was fine. She wrapped her arms around me and gave me hug that seemed to melt everything from me. She could see the truth in my soul and just wanted me to know it was OK. These are the people we should not only strive to be around but the people we should be as well.

Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

I often have these feelings that other than my family, I have no friends but that is a falsehood. I often feel I have no one I can call when things get particularly tough. The people are there waiting for my discovery that they indeed are there and they will help to keep my head above water. You may feel lonely in life but the people who care are waiting in the shadows for you to see them. Look at your life, check out who is there and reach out. Go to dinner, make a breakfast date. God did not design us to be alone. God designed us to be in communion with others, for others and for ourselves.

My hope is that just by reading this blog post you will know who this person is for you. Please reach out this week and make a date with a friend.

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