it is important to understand that when we give our word to a friend, they depend on us to be reliable. they trust us to follow through with what we commit to do. most often, they will not truly know if they can depend upon our offer until they really need it…
how refreshing to the heart to realize there is a friend they can count on.
to improve dependability as a friend:
1. do not offer help out of emotion. although your heart may be sympathetic, emotion alone is not the best motivation for making an offer you may be unable to follow through with.
2. count the cost before giving your word. your friend will respect honesty.
3. listen. often, your friend needs a safe, caring place to share -they may not need you to do anything more than “listen” to their heart.
4. follow through to the best of your ability.
it truly is refreshing to have a friend you can rely on when you need them…it is also refreshing to be that friend when necessary.
do you have a friend that you have been able to depend on? might be a great time to let them know they are appreciated…
thank you, friends, for being faithful readers!