Lasting friendships are the results of loving investments. An investment in friendship is something you give without asking in return, but expecting the depth of an enriched relationship as a benefit.

When I speak of investment, I’m not talking solely of those gifts you purchase at your favorite gift shop. While gifts in packages are candidly sweet and endearing, there’s another element of investments that are even more meaningful and necessary. Investments are special qualities that enrich relationships. Things like “being there” for your friend, taking time to call or write… or have coffee together. To pray for, to talk to, to think of…

Friendship is a heart investment. Gift-wrapped packages only compliment friendship, love is what makes it.

What are some of the ways that you invest in your friends?