"You are the average of your five closest friends" is wisdom that has been recently making the rounds and mom always wanted to know who we were hanging out with the moment we crossed the threshold. Invest in yourself now and litterally list them out on a piece napkin our in your phone. Now is a good time; I'll wait. We make commitments as children to be Best Friends Forever with the kid down the street, but soon enough, we find things change and find forever isn't as long as we thought. Friendships are for seasons and seasons change. A season may be a lifetime for some friends and for others it may be time for the season to end. True friends will speak truth into our lives even when we don't want to hear it and challenge us to grow. Scripture states, "faithful are the wounds of a friend". It is worth evaluating if you have true friends with whom you can be vulnerable and willing to hurt your feelings to tell you when you are wrong. I have experienced these friendships with guys that are quick to mock my self-pity and stand with me through trials. The essence of friendship is a commitment to vulnerability. Friendships are a gift and a source of blessing that will pull you up when discouraged and challenge you when your not living in light of who you want to become. If you will not be satisfied being the average of your five closest friends, then change is in order.
Are your closest friends propelling you in the direction you want you life to grow? Do you surround yourself with buddies or friends? What kind of friend are you? Describe your faithfulness during the tough times? What changes do you need to make? What is a first step to make changes? What else needs to be asked?