How many friends do you have? Probably far more than you realize…
From a spiritual point of view, everyone around you is a friend. Close family members that you get along with are obviously friends. Perhaps a buddy from school you’ve stayed in contact with, a favorite co-worker, the girlfriend you share deepest thoughts with, or the partner you think a world of.
But then there’s all those “other people.” The ones you rarely think about such as the neighbor down the street you seldom see or people you walk by every day without acknowledgment. And, of course, the enemies—oh yes, the people you avoid, think poorly of, dread or even despise. Believe it or not, all these people are your friends too.
Yep, everyone around you is a friend, whether you think of them as good or bad, because every one of these people offers you an opportunity to grow spiritually and to become a better person. And that’s what friends do—they make you a better person for the lessons you learn from them.
The retail clerk that scowls because she’s having a bad day is your opportunity to think positive about her and help her find a reason to have a good day. Maybe give her a big smile and help her see that life is not so bad after all.
The ultra-competitive co-worker who is always trying to one-up you at the office is your opportunity to demonstrate that there is enough good to go around for everyone. That there doesn’t need to be any selfish competition between the two of you. Each of you have your own blessed niche to fill.
And the neighbor that talks foul about you is a friend too, because you are going to learn that your integrity and character cannot be reached or touched by any evil aspersion. The truth of who you are speaks louder and prevails over any lie.
Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies, because he knew in truth there are no enemies. Only opportunities to grow in love and demonstrate God’s power over all evil.
So, have no fear of your enemies. Do not waste valuable mental time fearing or loathing them. Turn them into friends. Look for the spiritual lessons that can be learned in your experience with them, and become a more effective spiritual thinker, actor and doer. Learn to love more and hate less. Master your relationship with them.
Take control. See God in control trouncing evil, bringing good to the surface and helping you both find a healthier and happier way to co-exist.
I’m guessing that your list of “friends,” just got a whole lot longer…