Yesterday an old friend of mine from high school posted something on Facebook. I thought about it during the day, and even as I was lying in bed last night. It is this: "God determines who walks into your life... It's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go!"
There is such truth in every facet of this. I like to think that the people we meet along the way are purposeful, that they are in our path to impact us in some way. But the choice is ours as to the level of their impact. Who will have a lasting effect on us? Who will we treat indifferently? Who will we cling to, not wanting to lose their influence?
A while back I tried to quit Facebook. I found that it was taking up too much of my time, and I have other projects I want to focus on. So I thought I could just walk away from my little circle of friends, so painstakingly established, that God has allowed to enter into my life again. There are Lisa and Joanie and Michele; my little friends that walked to kindergarten with me, that shared some of the best slumber parties of my life. There are Bryn and Mark and Larry; my friends from junior high, that pivotal time of discovery in one's life. There are Toni and Jim and Maili from high school, who were my greatest support system then and have continued to keep in touch with me throughout the years.
I have been so blessed by the people I call my friends. They are like a lovely melody that accompanies my life, a recurring refrain that lifts me, that energizes me, that inspires me.