Proverbs 17:17 NRSV

A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity. (Proverbs 17:17 NRSV)

We often will become what others tell us we are. Tell a child that he or she is a good child, praise him for his positive acts, tell her she is pretty and you are proud of her, and he or she will live up to that positive self-image.

Pablo Picasso once said rather immodestly, "When I was a child, my mother said to me, `If you become a soldier you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the Pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." Whether you appreciate Picasso's art or not you will have to admit he had a wise mother. We become what people tell us we will become. If people prophesy success for us then success is probably what we will attain.

We all need somebody who believes in us--somebody who sees us as we could be. We all need to feel loved, accepted, appreciated. If you don't have such a person in your life, step out and make one. Develop a Christian friend who will help you become all God wants you to be. And remember that Jesus Christ loves each and everyone of us!

God of all, send me a friend to help me become what you want me to be. Amen. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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