A friend is always there to share your joys. A friend has your back when the going gets tough. A friend answers your calls and texts whenever for whatever. A friend listens to your heart not just your words. A friend understands your thinking when the words get mixed up. A friend sees the fun in your silliness. A friend finds the time to stay connected. A friend gets mad but doesn't stay mad. A friend will discuses tough issues with an open mind. A friend will encourage you to reach for your dreams. A friend will attempt to talk you out of a potential mistake. A friend expects the same from you. Friends can come and go throughout your life. Friends can talk everyday, every couple of years or you might only be friends for a season.
Family is all the above plus an extra helping of love. Love that is not blind but sees you through the past you've shared together. Family shares hope when trouble comes. Family shares heartbreak and joys with you that can be heard with uncensored ears. Family shares in your dreams for your future and has faith in your success. Family helps you pull up your boot straps and will give you that extra kick in the butt when you need it. Family will get in your business when you're making bad choices. Family does not enable bad behavior but loves you through it. Family cares, shares and embarrasses you like no one else can. Family has the pictures to use for ammunition if the need arises. Family is love. (Even when they make you crazy 😜) Family is and always will be forever friends.
Proverbs 17:17 MSG
Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.