The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters. (Thomas Jefferson, early U.S. statesman)
Jefferson’s comment sees friendship as an opportunity to share—to give something rather than only to receive from others. To create lasting, productive friendships, we probably should think more about what we can do for our friends rather than we they might do for us. Giving often results in receiving; but the greatest joy is in seeing others benefit from what we can give them.
You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).