But these days I am making many new friends. New friendships are like the taste of some food you have never before tasted, or the smell of some new aroma. New friend dn't bring back old memories or previous connections. Instead, they are the formation of new connections and new memories that will one day be themselves charished. A new friends is a whole new experience just waiting to happen. The newness of these relationships allows us to show our new friends who we really are, while at the same time giving us an opportunity to demonstrate that we have learned from the miistakes of previous relationships, sort of like a fresh art of a new beginning.
God is interested in our friendships. Our many relationships need to bring honor and glory to His name. Old friendships sometimes become strained and weakened by lack of forgiveness and bitterness grows. But when we forgive each other we model God's grace toward us and mimic his restorative power. God is interested in our newfriendships, too. He desires that we would invest in the friendships we have with others, ad then leverage that friendship so that our new friends can become aquainted with and truly come to know Christ. The scripture tell us that we have a friends that sticks closer than a brother. I believe that Jesus is such a friend.
As I write this blog Timmy is outside playing with some neighborhood children that he met only two weeks ago, and Tammy is on "A Grand Adventure" (shopping) with one of her new neighborhood lady friends. Last night I spend nearly an hour talking with a friend I've known less than 1 month. Is God honored in my new friendships? Is His name mentioned in praise, or at all? Do my new friends know that i have a friend called Jesus?
I guess I would consider Jesus one of my "Old" friends. I hope to build connections between Jesus and my new friends so that Jesus can become their "new" friend, too.