I have a friend who doesn’t have a lot of money. Scratch that. She has very, very little money. She’s unemployed following being disabled for a year and a half, her husband has been looking for a job for about the same period of time. They have three kids, two of whom still live at home. Things are tight.
Yet my friend is one of the most giving people I know. She gives of her time and her energy, helping decorate the space when her women’s prayer group holds their monthly breakfasts. She cleans and re-wallpapers another friend’s new apartment when that friend leaves her husband. She always sends thank you notes and calls just to say hi.
My friend doesn’t have a lot of money, and she might not make the best financial decisions with the money she has- she’d be the first to admit it. But when it comes to friendship, she gives her time, and her attention, and those are gifts that money can’t give.
What’s the best gift your friends give you?