Do You Have Friends or Shadows?

Heard this quote from Plutarch, not directly from him mind you, and thought it was very though provoking. He says,

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

Do you have true friends who can speak words of truth into your life, even if you don’t want to hear them? Or have you only surrounded yourself with people who will give you permission to keep living your life a certain way? As Christians, we should always be at work cultivating honest, thick, community. We need it…even if it hurts. People that are just like me, that I may call friends, may only be serving to feed my ego. That doesn’t really count as true friendship and community. That’s more like narcissism.


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