In this day and age, almost everyone has received a trophy of some kind. Trophies typically represent success in a specific sport, talent or interest. Success that comes from investing one’s time in something.
No matter the reason behind the various trophies, they typically have one thing in common. They sit on our mantles. Or desks. Or in our closets. Or attics.
Trophies gather dust.
But friends don’t.
When you invest your time in people, and love people, and care for people, dust will never settle on your relationships. These eternal relationships become more meaningful over time. Not less, as trophies usually do.
And investing in people pays dividends far beyond this world into the next one. After all, Paul did say that love never fails. It lasts forever - into the invisible, eternal world.
So, enjoy your trophies. They symbolize some kind of accomplishment. Just remember, they gather dust and have no eternal consequence.
But friends are different. They are always there for you (Proverbs 18:24). They have eternal implications.
And they never, ever gather dust!