- Updated: 29 June 2020
… and as we regain our equilibrium after flying home from Boise, Idaho yesterday afternoon, I am grateful for friendships that make a trip like that possible. A friendship that was forged out of a carpooling arrangement made many years ago when Lisa was commuting from Murrieta to Moreno Valley for work. While Sue had retired a few years ago, she and Tim remained good friends. A year ago they relocated from Menifee to Meridian, ID where two of their grown children are living. They offered us the spare room in their new home for the week. We thoroughly enjoyed their company and got to see places that we have not been to before.
As I think about our trip, I realize that the highlight for me came as a serendipitous meeting with a couple we knew from over 30 years ago when I was cutting my teeth on church ministry in Anaheim. On a trip up to Sun Valley, ID where the celebrities go to snow ski in the winter, we stopped in Hailey to explore. While there we connected with old friends, Bill and Bonnie. They were members of the church where Lisa and I spent the first five years of my pastoral ministry career. Bill reminded me that I was teaching the Singles Sunday School class where he and Bonnie attended while they were dating… and now, here we were, together in Hailey, ID with Bill, Bonnie, Tim, Sue and Lisa and me… truly a highlight!
What occurs to me is that the highlight of my trip totally revolves around relationships. We saw some beautiful country, no doubt. We had some fun times kayaking, hiking, exploring, playing games and, of course, eating. But when we were able to connect with even more friends… the joy factor seemed to skyrocket! And, that is my point… during these times of a lingering fear of the coronavirus causing so much illness… and when political tensions are rising as they always do before an election, we need friendships to boost the joy factor.
I leave you with this suggestion… one that will downplay the social and cultural fears and frustrations of the times, and turn up the volume on the needs of others surrounding us… make it your goal to be a friend to someone today. Whether it is making a phone call you’ve been putting off, or the serendipitous meeting of someone new, be a friend. Take some time to connect. It will not only make their day, but it will likely take yours to a new level of joy, especially during these weird times we are living in. Go on, make the call…
For His glory,