Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friends

Clayton always has a smile.
She is trying to grab the camera.

The kids eating a snack after a swim.


Wendy got the kids these goggles, and they make me laugh. I think Cooper looks kind of like a creature from Star Wars.

Kenndall looks hilarious too.

Okay, so my pictures aren't about friends. But I have been thinking about the importance of friends lately. I have wondered why Jesus chose the men He chose to be His Apostles. I know part of it is because He could see their hearts, but also He chose them because He knew that they were the guys that He could spend 3 years, 24/7 with and form very close bonds with. They were his friends, his BFF's. They ate, drank, laughed, cried, talked, touched and walked with Jesus as his friends. Jesus could have chosen 3 guys, 7 guys or even 10 guys, but Jesus chose 12 close friends. 12 people who would know Him in and out, closer than anyone else, except his family. Why 12 apostles? And if I remember right he had many more disciples, also friends, yet on a less intimate level. Why is it so important for Jesus to have so many friends? As I reflect on this, I wonder if He was once again setting an impotant example for us. I often wonder about the things that tend to get forgotten in the life of Jesus and this is one of them. I think Jesus knew the importance of surrounding yourself with people that you can serve, love, walk with, talk with, eat with, cry with, share with. There is no bond like the bond of a friend, and I think Jesus was living this example for us. Two verses in Proverbs come to mind, "A friend loves at all times." and "There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." Wow. According to this, a friendship can be even stronger than a family relationship. So, in a cheesy Junior high way, I just want to say to all my friends, thank you, thank you, thank you!! I love you all! Seriously though, I didn't know how important my friends were to me until the past few years, I think that it was partially brought on by my mother's death. I couldn't believe the outpouring of love that I recieved from my friends. I also realized how poor of a friend I had been in the past and I do regret my ignorance in my relationships. So too anyone of you that I have been a bad friend, I apologize. And to all of my friends, I will try to be a better friend because I am beginning to realize the importance of having quality relationships. So, that is my reflection on friends.