Do you have a confidante?
We all need our trusted friends, our bosom buddies, our gal pals. We also need that special, deeper relationship—with our confidante.
The friend to whom you can tell your deepest secrets, knowing she will never, ever use it against you.
The companion you can discuss private matters with and not fear that it will become fodder for the rumor mill.
The woman of her word who will pray for you after promising to do so.
The one who will always make time for you.
Do you remember the Matt Damon movie, “The Martian”? An astronaut is accidentally left behind on Mars—not a peachy situation, being the only person on a planet. No love, no community, no conversation, no support. Can you imagine?
We are not designed to live life in solitude. We need our people; it’s how we are wired.
Back down to earth, we are called to love one another, and sometimes that means carrying each other’s worries and fears and pain—with discretion and compassion and kindness. In Galatians 6:2, Paul writes, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (NIV).
It doesn’t take an educational degree or specialized training—it requires love. A willing heart, an attitude of humility, our time and attention. And when we are the ones in need of a confidante to bear our burdens alongside us, we truly appreciate that reliable companion.
Ultimately, we take comfort and strength in the knowledge that Jesus walks with us through every situation with His perfect love casting out fear. But, He also calls us to love one another, to carry each other’s burdens.
And to be that trustworthy confidante.