I’ve got this necklace that I’ve been wearing since ninth grade. It started as kind of a friendship thing with one friend, but I got a few more charms over the last couple years, and it’s turned into more of a blanket friendship thing. If I get a charm, or a ring, from a really good friend, it goes on the necklace.

I was thinking the other day about what I’d do if, when I grew up, I wasn’t friends with any of the people that have charms on my necklace. Then I started to think of how cool it would be to someday tell my kids, or my grandkids, about some of the coolest friendships I ever had.

Just because life is changing doesn’t mean I lose the people that I’m close to. Sure, things will be different. I might not see them very often, if at all. We might not talk much. But, I will always have memories of those friends, and I’ve learned some pretty amazing things from them that I’ll never forget.

You ever think about why God created us to be social creatures even though life is constantly changing, and we often get pulled away from the people we’re close to? Well, I do, and I think I know why. I think it’s because of all the things we learn from so many different people. Part of the reason I have so many friendship charms is because with every stage of life, things change. God knew I would need different people to teach me different things. I met my first bestie in seventh grade, and I needed her because my family just switched churches, and I needed someone who was good at loving people, and making friends, so I’d feel welcomed at church and would be able to have good friendships in the future.

Not everyone likes changes (I don’t usually), but that doesn’t mean they’re not important, and not good for us. One of the biggest changes in my life was switching churches five and a half years ago, and it has made a huge impact on me. I’ve learned so much about people, my relationship with God has grow a ton, and I’ve learned a lot about the body of Christ. I’d never really had a church family until we switched churches, and it means the world to me.

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