Who is There for You?

By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Junior Division Head

A friend to all, is a friend to none

Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows who who they are, believe them the first time.” This is an extremely profound quote and piece of wisdom we can apply to our lives. Sadly today, we have to be viliglant of the people who we spend our time with, the people we trust, and the people who we call our friends. In general it is hard to know who is showing themselves to genuinely care for you. This is where God gives us the wisdom and discernment to help sift out the people who are not going to support you, and welcome in the people who are. Matthew 7:6 (NIV) gives us an encouraging warning as it states, “do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” To put this in modern context, I believe this verse is telling us not to give our precious hearts to those who are not going to benefit us. We shouldn’t spend time with someone who will be a drain on us and what we are personally trying to accomplish. We should seek the friends who are motivating and supportive. So as we enter into this new semester and the next upcoming months, I challenge us all to reflect on the question: who is showing themselves to be good friends worthy of your time, and who is not?