A Friend of Mine

I want to introduce you to my God.  He is someone that I am still getting to know and that I think you should meet.  He is not who I thought he was or anything like what some other people told me he was.  As I spend time with him, I am finding out more and more things that I love about him and that are leading me to want to know more.  Here are a few of the things I have learned about him so far.

• I thought I was guilty.  Of course I was, but with his friendship is was a different thing than what I was familiar with entirely.  While I have, and continue to unfortunately, offended him, he does not hold that against me.  Nothing I have ever done, or will ever do, is remembered by him.  Our friendship is not based on anything I can do for him and when I mess up, which is often, he simply forgives me when I ask him to and continues to seek out my friendship.  It is awesome!  I’ve never had a friend like that before.  As long as I seek him out, he is there to love and encourage me.

• I thought I had to be like people that annoy me.  Praise the Lord that this isn’t true!  I have seen many folks that are, or claim to be, friends with my God.  To be real honest, a lot of them were just weird.  I am sure they are nice people and really do care about this friend of mine, but I just couldn’t see myself hanging with them.  They sang boring hymns, they all stood and kneeled at the same time (a routine that I didn’t and still don’t know anything about) , wore funny clothes, and kept up with a lot of rules and regulations that I had never even heard my God talk about.  Like I said, I am sure those people are cool and all, but they just were not where I wanted to be.  To each his own, I suppose.

• The closer I get to my friend the more I realize that he has been seeking out my friendship for a long time.  Apparently he has been looking for me for years but I have been hiding out not wanting to meet him.  I guess I had a picture of him in my mind that scared me and so every time he would show up in my life, I would run off and hide from him.  Have you ever had a preconception in your mind about someone, and then when you actually meet them you find out that they are completely different than you thought?  That is what happened here.

• As I hang out with God, my friend, I am finding that my life is getting better.  It is strange, but just by spending time with him everyday thing are improving.  I am becoming a better father and husband.  I am becoming a better friend to people that I have known for years.  When I meet new people, I can really want to get to know them and develop new friendships that mean something.  I can’t really explain it, but it seems like he is rubbing off on me the more time that I spend with him.

There are a ton of other cool things that I would like to tell you about but I will save those for another time.  Let’s just say that this new friend of mine is awesome.  He offers a free friendship to me like none that I have ever known. I am full of strange tattoos and stranger ideas, but he doesn’t care about any of that.  He just want to hang out and have a relationship with me.  And the best part is, he wants to be your friend too, and he doesn’t even care if you’re a weirdo like me or not.

One response to “A Friend of Mine

  1. God so loved the world. How can this be? I think its because when God created the earth it was good. And now in our fallen state [ bad times] God has not abandoned His friends. A friend of God is a friend in good times and bad.
    I think having a relationship with God is the most important message Jesus was giving. And now i think Jesus has sent you JOSH to give us this message of friendship.

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