Recently I went shopping with a friend. By no stretch of the imagination am I runway savvy, but I like to think of myself as someone who at least has a decent amount of fashion sense. There are a few friends who even take me with them to help them make decisions about their clothing purchases. This time, though it was my friend who offered a bit of wisdom to me.
As I emerged from the dressing room wearing a flowing, jewel encrusted top my friend looked me right in the eye, pointed her finger and said a vehement, “No!” I smiled because I already knew I would never buy the shirt I was wearing, but cracked up at her response. “That blouse has cruise ship buffet line written all over it.”
Thank goodness for an honest friend. We all need someone who is willing to risk hurting our feelings for our ultimate benefit. A loving word of correction is worth so much more than insincere flattery. Proverbs 28:23 tells me, “Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.”
It’s difficult to be the kind of friend who risks falling out of favor by offering counsel that might not be popular. Still I thank God for the people in my life who love me enough to hold me accountable in the things that are much more important than what I wear. They are the ones who help me check my attitudes, my motives, and the condition of my heart.
Thank-you, Lord, for trusted counsel. I praise You for the people in my life who give me encouragement, but also correction. Help me to offer the same kind of love in return.