No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever. (Francois Mauriac, 20th century French novelist)
How many friends have you had over your lifetime? Not just mere acquaintances, but genuine, close friends. How did each one of them influence you in some significant way? Be grateful for those remembered friends and continue to be motivated by what you recall of them. And, more importantly, be the kind of positive influence your current friends can benefit from in the future.
The godly give good advice to their friends. . . The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. . . As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 12:26; 27:9, 17)