Do you remember the story of CHARLOTTE'S WEB? Wilbur the pig did not like Charlotte very much when he first met her. He thought her cruel, even bloodthirsty. But Charlotte spun a special web just for Wilbur, letting people know that Wilbur was no ordinary pig and should not be slaughtered.
Because Charlotte, who had by this time become a friend, told him he was special, Wilbur began to believe it.
"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked Charlotte. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
Charlotte's response? "You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. ... By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."
This story always touches me. I have been blessed with many friends like Charlotte, who try to lift me up with their friendship, even when I've done nothing to deserve it. Especially when I've done nothing to deserve it.
Lately, I have been so involved with what's going on in my life that I have given little thought to my friends. It's time to change that, to make a 180 and get back to where I need and want to be.
Joy for today: remembering friendships.