Today I would like to take a minute to pay tribute to someone who changed my life: my dear friend Tiffany.
I met Tiffany at a very difficult time in both of our lives; she was dealing with family issues while I was questioning my purpose in life. We were in the same sorority in college, and eventually found ourselves as roommates in the sorority house. I found myself often feeling lonely in a house of 54 other girls, which is ironic to say the least. One of my sources of hope at this time in life was my friendship with Tiffany. She truly was a wonderful young woman who enjoyed having fun, and who wasn’t afraid to be herself.
I left Ohio University in the middle of my junior year to move back home. Tiffany stayed there, but we kept in close contact. Over the years. I found myself at a very low point in life. I was in a relationship with someone who was toxic, and I was struggling to financially stay afloat. To think on this time now, I would refer to it as my very own “dark ages” (perhaps because my electricity got shut off on numerous occasions). But thing I do remember from this time is the phone calls of encouragement I would get from my friend Tiffany.
At this point in her life, Tiffany had reestablished her relationship with the Lord, and her joy was evident in every word she uttered over the phone. I remember that simply hearing her voice made me feel better. On one of our phone calls she recommended to me that I read a book by Rick Warren, The Purposed Driven Life. I was hesitant to read a biblical-based book as my own experience with the church had tainted my view of spirituality, but for whatever reason, I bought it. I trusted my friend, even if I still felt wounded by the church.
That book utterly changed my life. I am 100% certain that I am walking with the Lord today because of that book. And I would not have known about it unless my dear friend shared her faith with me.
Tiffany, I have so much to thank you for! Thank you for speaking truth into my life in several difficult times. Thank you for being a positive memory for me in times that were quite negative. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, especially when I don’t call for long periods of time! Thank you for thinking highly of me, and for being a person who I continually think of as a shining light.
I am so proud to call you my friend, and I can’t wait to celebrate your graduation this year! Even if I am not able to be there, I am celebrating with you, my friend!
You deserve all of the goodness and LOVE God has to offer.
I love you!