Protectors and Promoters
One thing that can take a day from good to great is faithful friendship. I have found that there are two kinds of friends, protectors and promoters. The Bible says it this way: Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. - Proverbs 17:9
Are you one who protects your friends when they make mistakes or do you go on a campaign to promote and share all of their failures? The difference is huge.
As I think about the best friends I've had in life, they were also the best at protecting my shortcomings. The friends I could go without are the ones who felt the need to share all my failures with everyone they came in contact with.
If you struggle with being a promoter recognize that the end result of betraying confidences is broken relationships and that will not change until you become a protector.
The great thing is that all of us have the ability to be a great friend, and a hallmark of lasting friendships is the ability to protect. In every relationship whether its family, friends or co-workers ask yourself if you are a protector or a promoter.
How have you seen these two types of friends play out in your life? Please share in the comments below.