I read a great article in Relevant Magazine about the types of friends we should have. You can check out the entire article here: 5 Types of Friends Article.
I agreed with it, so I took an inventory of how I am doing. I consider my self friendly. I also think I am a good maker of friends. But this article helped me look inwardly, and i discovered I could be doing better.
1. Someone Who is Older—and Wiser—Than You
I would love to have a mentor. While there have been many people over the years who have poured into my life (for whom I am deeply grateful), I am without some to call mentor or spiritual father. This is probably my fault. So I am inspired to find one, and it reinforces my passion to mentor others.
2. Someone Who is Younger Than You
Ok, on this one I am passing. At least I think I am. Someone may correct me, but I work diligently to mentor young people. I hope that I do this well.
3. Someone Who Has a Different Home Culture Than You
This is where I am challenged. While I have many friends who have a different home culture than I do, I do not know their homes that well. I need to foster deeper friendships rather than acquaintances.
4. Someone Who Holds a Different Worldview
I absolutely love having friends who hold a different worldview. I do a fair job at this. Most of my friends hold the same religious, political, and social worldview as I do. I am challenged to have legitimate conversations without bias with those whose beliefs differ from my own.
5. Someone Just Next Door
I am blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. From my church home, to working at camps, to traveling at speaking engagements, I have amazing friends. My challenge here is to keep those friends growing.
How are you doing?