Read: 1 Samuel 18:1-5, Psalm 25:12-15, Ephesians 2:11-15, Ephesians 4:1-6
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest women in television. They’ve entertained us as hosts of the Golden Globes and the dynamic duo has played the role of best friends in real life for over twenty years. In Yes Please, Amy’s new memoir, she says that her improv teacher first introduced Amy to Tina saying the two of them were similar, but Tina had brown hair. For over twenty years, their humor has drawn us in, but I have to admit that I respect their bond of friendship even more. They build one another up, cheer each other on, and work together whenever they get the opportunity for collaboration. Together, they are a team.
How can we do this in our own friendships?
Let’s face it: the words “undivided” and “women” don’t normally go together, do they? For the past month, we’ve unearthed some of the things that divide us the most: distractions, doubt, comparison, and fear to name a few. But as sisters in Christ, we are called to unity.
This one hope - belief in God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit - is what binds together the hearts of many. Undivided Women truly believes that we are better together, and when we all connect hands from our different walks of life and denominations of faith, we are stronger and can serve our community in love.
God is teaching me right now that we can be Undivided Women but have different opinions. Just because we are called to be one body does not mean that we are all going to have the same opinions. We can “bear with one another in love” and agree to disagree. But, if we come back to our center, the heart of what we believe, that Jesus is the Son of God sent by His Father to save us from our sins and gave us the Holy Spirit to reside in our hearts, then we can move together in love.
Whenever my friendships are being tested, prayer helps me to feel God’s peace. Ephesians 2:14 says, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.” While this verse is illustrating how God’s love is for both Jew and Gentile and Jesus’ blood has covered all of our sins, not just God’s “chosen people,” I think we can also apply this to our own friendships. I’m sure Tina and Amy have not always seen eye to eye on everything in their friendship, and they’ve had some heated conversations over the years. I know that some of my friendships have been filled with disagreeing viewpoints and sometimes those conversations have gotten heated and words were said that were not always out of love. But, when I pray over the things that are hurting me in my friendships, I am a better communicator which in turn makes me a better friend.
Let’s cheer each other on today. We really are better together.
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