Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. (George Washington)

Though we celebrated President’s Day a few days ago, today is the actual anniversary of Washington’s natal day. His comments range from the political to the everyday facets of life. Speaking of friendship, he further said, “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? . . . A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (Proverbs 20:6; 17:17)