Spiritual Practice

Romance or Friendship?

Wesley Overhults

A little over seven years ago, I “met” a girl from Canada. She ran across some short stories I had written and posted online and sent me an email to tell me she loved them. We began talking through a chat program, and I’m proud to say that we are still friends today. In the beginning, our relationship was pretty volatile. We held opposite views on many issues, and we possessed equal passion about our own opinions. Neither of us wanted to see the other’s point of view. We often joke that we think of each other as siblings; unfortunately, we also fought as siblings do.


Love each other as brothers and sisters.
Romans 12:10a (CEV)

We’ve been through some tough times, but our friendship has endured and has improved over the years. She’s the first real friend I’ve had who is also a girl. I think many of us tend not to make friends with people of the opposite sex; we see them only as potential candidates for a romantic relationship. But I’m happy to have a female friend I can talk to about issues I wouldn’t talk about with my guy friends. I hope that I will always be friends with the girl from Canada.


PRAYER: God, thank you for good friends. Teach us to love them as brothers and sisters. Amen.

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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