I have just started diving into a study on the book of Job and have been reminded of those early stages of grief. I wanted to re-share a post I wrote in the summer of 2020. Growing up, my parents always warned me to “choose my friends wisely.” I don’t know if they were aware that this advice is all over the Bible, but the older I get, I see just how important it is to surround yourself with good people. I am still completely amazed by the support and grace I have received from everyone around me and the scriptural wisdom is just as true today as it was last summer as well as over 2,000 years ago.
“‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'”John 9:3
To this day, I get overwhelming feedback from people who attended Taylor’s memorial service telling me that their biggest takeaway was that they wanted to be a better friend. The legacy Taylor left behind is a display of God’s will for our relationships with each other. I know he would be honored to be remembered this way because he valued his friendships immensely. I hope Taylor’s story and his attitude towards life can serve as a push for all of us to reach out to the ones in our own circles and approach our friendships following the examples given to us in the Bible.
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