We all need that someone or a few someones to laugh so hard it hurts with, ugly cry with, lean on in good times and bad, a go-to that you can tell all of your secrets to without being judged, the one that will tell you when that outfit you love so much makes you look not-so-cute, the one you could call up at any hour and know they will answer or call you immediately back, the one that holds your hair back when you are sick, the one that knows what you are going to say before you say it, the one that has your back 100% no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, and the one that cheers you on through all of your successes and failures.
Do you have one of these someones?
Friends come and go throughout our lifetime, but the ones that stick…these are the gems. Precious, valuable, rare gems! If you obtain one of these gems, hold onto it forever and never take this blessing for granted.
Through my sponsorship with Lucky, I have always encouraged him to develop strong friendships, and to surround himself with positive influences. Friendships really strengthen when you go through difficult times with another person, and through the hardships, Lucky has been dealt by losing his parents at such a young age…I want him to have a strong support system.
Here is a letter idea you can use to encourage your child about the importance of building strong friendships.
The Beauty of Friendship
(Copy/paste this portion into your letter body. Customize the italicized portions.)
Dear [Child’s Name,]
THE BEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP
by Helen Steiner Rice
Friendship is a Priceless Gift
that cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
than a mountain made of Gold.
For gold is cold and lifeless,
it can neither see nor hear
And in the time of trouble
it is powerless to cheer–
it has no ears to listen
Nor heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort
or reach out a helping hand
So when you ask God for a gift
be thankful if HE sends
not diamonds, pearls or riches
But The Love of Real True Friends.
[Write about the importance of friendship. Write about qualities of a good friend.
Tell your child about your best friend.
Ask who their best friend is if you do not know.
Ask them to tell you their favorite story about a time with their best friend.
Include the story of Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 20)
If you do not know their best friend’s name, just include a second coloring page, and ask your child to give it to their best friend so they can color together.]
A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Thank you [Child’s name] for being my friend!!!
Here are two images I made that you can use as photo attachments to your letter like I did if you want. Just right-click on the image and save the image to your desktop so you can attach to your template.
I made a coloring page to attach as a photo page for Lucky and one for his best friend, Elias who is also in Compassion’s program. I like to give Lucky opportunities to experience the joy of giving, and Elias does not receive communication from his sponsor which I recently learned, so I try to help Elias through Lucky.
Using MS Word, I made this coloring page by inserting a clip art design, stretching the image over the document (narrow margins), and then I inserted Word Art for the name.
If you want to use my template, click on the image, and it will open as a Word document so you can change Lucky’s name to your child’s name. Be sure you save the Word document as a JPEG or image file in order to upload it to your Compassion online letter template.
If your child is very young, I would recommend changing the font to something basic to help them learn letters and how to write and spell their name.
Friendship and relationships are a necessary tool to beat poverty!
We are all rich through friendships.