You Need Some #PresidentialFriendGoals
Do you have #FriendGoals like Barack and Joe?
Early August confirmed that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not just colleagues and friends, they are bros. These two have infused popular culture with politics and vice versa with their openness to playing to our generation’s demographic since the start of President Obama’s first run for office several years ago.
It’s more than just funny memes or their witty humor, it’s a reminder to our generation that we can truly have #bestiegoals and #brogoals as we mature and get older. It takes work to get there, so here are three ways that our own President and Vice President have inspired a generation to look at friendships:
Proverbs 17:17 says that “A friend loves at all times.” VP Joe Biden posted this photo on Twitter to say Happy Birthday to his friend, the President of the United States. I mean, who does that? You will not see Hillary do that with her running mate Tim Kaine, it’s not even possible. Let’s just enjoy these last few months of their political brogoals moments while we can.
“Love is not self-seeking…” and neither should a friendship be. It’s an inspiration to us to look at our friendships and evaluate if we truly love them. Love is a choice as well as an action, so do you show love for your friend and know how they receive love? Do you tell them that you love them in the emotional aspect of love? Our generation has a lot to say when it comes to requiring loyalty, but are you giving it too?
Being there when it means the most
Proverbs tells us that a brother is born in adversity and Barack and Joe know that well. When Joe Biden lost his son, Beau Biden, to brain cancer in 2015, the President went to visit him and the family and gave condolences and regards to the Biden family. It’s etiquette to do such things, but grieving the loss of a loved one affects people differently and showing support as well.
It would mean a lot to them because they both know loss; Obama lost his mother in 1995, and Biden’s first wife and daughter died in a car accident in the early ‘70s. Biden treasures his family as well as Obama, so although we may not have seen it in the public eye, I’m positive that they had a few moments to mourn and perhaps even pray together during that season in Joe’s life.
Reaching out, saying a prayer, or simply being there for your friends in their hardest seasons of life remind you of what your relationship is really about. It reminds you that life is not to be taken for granted, so you might as well spend it with people who care about you and can empathize with you.
Work together, play together
Let’s face it, we’re getting older, and in getting wiser as well you will notice that all the people in your life are not your friends. As you get older it may be harder to make friends for one reason or another, so the people in your life right now can very well be your homies for life. Though President Obama and Vice President Biden did not grow up together; they became political colleagues, running mates, then friends over the course of their time in executive office. Based on what we’ve seen these them do, whether it was a serious or funny moment, these two will be friends for the rest of their lives.
With that in mind, how are you and your friends helping each other grow as individuals and encouraging each other to be more like Christ? That’s one of the benefits of having a godly friend. There are also those friends with whom you do business with: you network and share career aspirations; you may even go into the same field of work or build a business together. Jesus said to know who you labor amongst. A friend is someone you can trust and confide in because you know enough about their character and their fruit has proved it.
So if you didn’t get anything else from seeing Barack and Joe leading our nation for the past several years, take a few notes on their friendship for whether you run for the Presidency or run your own business (here’s looking at you, Malia Obama). The support and genuine love from friends in life and faith is truly needed for all generations.