Too Busy for Friends?

Don’t let a hectic schedule ruin your relationships.
Too Busy for Friends?

In the crunch of priorities in your life, where do your friends fall?

For busy, working women with countless demands on their lives, keeping up with friends often gets pushed to the side. It might be because there isn’t enough time in a day, or because “friend time” feels like too much of a guilty pleasure. But you can’t treat friendships like a hobby you’re waiting to take up when you have more leisure time.

Friends must be a priority because they’re an integral part of God’s plan for our lives:

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12)

Be intentional about forming and building solid Christian friendships. Rushed “catch-up” chats in the hall after church or late-night Facebook messages from the office don’t count. Like any other relationship, true friendship requires investment of real time and energy—but they’re worth it. Here’s why.

Friendship makes you better. Over time, you’ll find that the investment you make in godly friendships yields unbelievable dividends. It is through such friendships that iron sharpens iron and one woman sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17). Healthy, supportive relationships with other Christian women will positively impact pretty much everything else you’ve got going on. Strong friendships can dramatically improve your overall health and longevity, your optimism regarding challenges, your kindness toward others, and even your job satisfaction.

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Diane Paddison

Diane Paddison is a business professional and founder of 4wordwomen.org, local groups of professional working women committed to faith, family, work, and each other.

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