Loyalty

linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com
Write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “loyal”

-Wherever you go, I will go.Wherever you live, I will live.-

Loyalty is something that seems underrated and often goes unrewarded.  Insurers and banks offer special deals to encourage people to sign up, but after a year the prices and the interest rates change and to get the best deal you have to shop around.  Loyalty is actively discouraged, and something about that saddens me, even when we’re only talking about bank accounts and car insurance.

It saddens me more that this attitude can carry over into the area of relationships, because I’ve always been drawn to the idea of loyalty.  I had the same best friend all the way through school from when I was 5 until I was 18 and while other friendships came and went, we were always there for one another.  There was great reward in knowing one another so well and having been through so much together.

Not that it’s all about reward.  Walking with a different friend through eating disorders and depression and suicide attempts has taught me that loyalty is for the good and the bad, that even when it’s difficult and it seems that there’s not much you can do, it’s about continuing to be there.

So, just to warn you, if we’ve become friends, the chances are you’ll be stuck with me for quite a while. 🙂

I love Ruth’s words to Naomi as she commits to leave her home to go with her, no matter what the future holds:

“Wherever you go, I will go.
  Wherever you live, I will live.
  Your people will be my people.
  Your God will be my God.”  (Ruth 1:16)

They’re a reflection of God’s commitment to us.  His mercies are new every morning, his goodness and love pursue us even when we run, and there’s a safety and security in knowing that, no matter what, his love never fails and we can rest in his absolute faithfulness and loyalty towards us.

“Can a mother forget her nursing child?  Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?  But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!  See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.”  (Isaiah 49:15-16)

If you haven’t been here in a while and you are confused about the change of name on the blog, this post  will explain.

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20 thoughts on “Loyalty

  1. I found such beauty in your words today. So very true about loyalty slipping away these days. Money triumphs, it seems. And the verses you chose….such a beautiful story about Ruth and Naomi and the last verse is one I was led to when Alzheimer’s took my mom’s memory of her children from her. God is good. He is faithful and his loyalty remains. It’s always good to be your #fmf neighbor!

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  2. I love this! Loyalty is such a precious thing in a world of fast-food friendships. Thank you for exploring this aspect of the word. “I’m gonna use a lifeline… I’d like to call a friend.”
    Shauna (your neighbour at #14)

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  3. I love the scripture you ended with! And it is wonderful that you feel a natural inclination to be a loyal friend. How did you keep that friendship in school so true? Did you accept the changes that came about because you were growing?

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    1. Thanks, Gabriele. I think our friendship stayed strong because we had a lot in common and both were involved in a lot of music in school. Also, we lived close to each other and would walk to and from school together each day, so although we were often in different classes we had regular time to catch up. We went on to different things and drifted apart after school though.

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  4. Lesley, I love that passage from Ruth. I got to preach a wedding sermon on that text for one of the kids I used to babysit. It truly is such a beautiful promise. I am loyal to my friends too. Great post. I’m in the 35 spot.

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  5. Lesley,
    oh your Isaiah quote! Power! Mmmm, I feel all warm and fuzzy and good. Thank you!
    And I do hope we’re stuck for a while. You’re a really great friend to have. I think of friends as friends for life. (And really, if you love Jesus, then we’re eternal friends and this is just the beginning of eternity)
    Thank you for valuing that long-term commitment! It’s good to be in your company.
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#7 this week)

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    1. Thank you, Tammy. I’m grateful for your friendship too, and I love the thought of friendship that lasts into eternity too. And knowing that even if we don’t meet all our blogging friends here on earth that we will one day!

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  6. Love, love, love the story of Ruth!! And that beautiful Scripture at the end. I too am drawn to loyalty: my best friend back home has been my best friend since I was 12 years old. We remained friends through my running away from God. I didn’t ever want to lose her beautiful friendship and neither did she. For both of us it would have been easier to give up…distance and the enemy of fear separating us…but we held tight….and OH my heart how precious she and her family is to me now…as we hold each other’s hands through the continued attacks of the enemy. Thank you for your beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks, Anna. I love your story of how your friendship has endured over so many years, despite difficult circumstances and living so far apart. There is something really beautiful about that kind of loyalty.

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    1. Thanks, Andrew. I feel the same about you, and I’m glad that, as Tammy said, these friendships are eternal. (And I like that you spelled “honour” with a u! 🙂 )

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  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. That quote from Ruth is one of my all-time favorites on relationships and long-term friendship. So beautiful and true. Yes, loyalty is such a valuable trait. I’m blessed to have several life-long loyal friends.

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  8. You’re so right, Lesley … loyalty is a much prized, yet often illusive quality these days. We’re too easily captured by the next best thing coming ’round the bend.

    I thank God for those loyal friends who stick with us through thick and thin, those miles and time separate. Where would we be without them?

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