Connections are funny things. You never realize how much you depend on them until they’re not there. For instance, a friend of mine was my connection for golf. There is a great course near my house that is private and not real cheap. My buddy would always get us on the course for cart fee only. That’s a difference of say $50 per person. As you can imagine, this connection was phenomenal for me.
I found myself planning a golf day with another friend and went to call in my connection to find out that he no longer works at the golf course. As a guy who loves to play and doesn’t play a whole lot, this came as tragic news. You see I’d been spoiled. The deal I got at this course was the cheapest I have ever played golf for anywhere. Which means in order to play at the same cost I’m going to have to find a course with much lower conditions and standards.
But the whole idea of a “connection” reveals a great deal of selfishness in me. The truth is that my immediate reaction was based on how this situation affected me. If I truly cared about this friend I would have been concerned or at the very least curious about the reasons behind his change of employment.
We all have different friendship levels. We don’t think twice about it. It’s completely natural and accepted to care more about one person than another. Unfortunately this isn’t the Scriptural example. In fact the only place I’ve seen Jesus speak of two ways to treat people is when he says, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I’m not saying you can’t have friends and then “best” friends. I am saying that I’ve been convicted on how I am showing Christ’s love and concern to all the people in my life.
1. a relationship between two or more people who are friends
2. the mutual feelings of trust and affection and the behavior that typify relationships between friends
3. a relationship between individuals, organizations, or countries that is characterized by mutual assistance, approval, and support
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