We were young and foolish. We were also expecting our first child. Not the best combo, but that’s where we found ourselves about 10 years ago.
My husband and I lived in the thiriving city of Houston. He had a well paying business job and I had my dream job at a radio station in their special events department. It was my JOB to go to concerts, listen to music and hang out with artists. It was a tough life but someone had to do it.
And then? We left it all to move back to our small quiet college town, knowing my husband’s job would be terminated in 6 months….one month after our baby was due.
A Call From An Old Friend
I was sitting in my Houston office downing saltine crackers and willing my morning sickness away when the phone rang.
It was my friend Becca. We had known each other since I was 11 years old and she had some news for me.
“I’m getting married…will you be one of my bridesmaids?”
I nearly spit out my saltines as I tried desperately to not scream my answer.
“Y–eeeee—sss!!!!” I whisper yelled.
Our Lost Treasure
And so it began. Trips back and forth to our college town, where she still lived, for showers, rehearsals, fittings and all the pomp and circumstance that accompany weddings.
Jimmy and I began to notice that EVERY time we came to town, we ran into old friends. At stores, restaurants, church and everywhere in between.
That doesn’t happen in Houston.
By the time the wedding came around, we decided that this was the sort of place and these were the sort of people around whom we wanted to raise our children.
To us, it was worth the uncertainty and potential financial sacrifice to surround ourselves with friends who knew us so deeply and made us want Jesus more.
When Jimmy asked his boss if he could work from home, (an unusual request at the time) his boss said yes, but that he’d have to find a new job after six months.
So, we packed our life and moved to friendship.
Despite the uncertainty of that first year, it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made. Just last week I went out to dinner with friends I’ve known from 6 to 25 years. Our children play together. What a priceless gift.
The Cost of Friendship
Do you dream of deep friendships? Whether it’s rekindling old ones or forging new ones, friendship always involves risk.
What risk can you take? What risk are you willing to take?
We left dream jobs and financial security because we valued friendships so much.
What can you do to invest in deeper relationships with those around you?
InCourage is hosting an event called InRL. If you’re looking to forge new friendships, this is a great place to start because it’s a gathering of likeminded women right in YOUR community.
When: April 27 & 28
Where: In your home or your community. You can watch the webcast right from your house on Friday night and then on Saturday, join one of the local meetups to hang out with like minded women.
Why: Have fun and make new friends.
Register here: http://inrl.eventbrite.com/
Find a group here: http://www.meetup.com/incouragemeetups/
Visit the (in)RL website or Check out the video for more details:
Where are you on the journey of friendship? Do you have friends that know you well or are you in that place of risk and uncertainty? How can we pray for you? Click here to join the discussion.Leave a Comment