When my husband and I were drawn into full-time ministry, I didn’t consider the impact our vocation would have on my friendships. Yet, soon enough I found myself admitting to a friend how lonely it felt at times, and how very small my circle of close friends had become. I won’t forget how she stopped, surprised and said, “but it seems like you have all kinds of friends.” And that’s when I realized the situation. Yes, I had many acquaintances, scores of them actually from all around the world. We had many who supported the ministry to which God had called us, read our newsletters, and prayed for us. We also had a number of people who knew of us and about the ministry.
Yet, acquaintances and supporters and people who recognize your name aren’t automatically friends. [Read more…]