Note: This post is part of a series about building a personal relationship with God by reading the parables of Jesus. You can browse the entire series here.
I love playing video games with my son, and lately our go-to favorites have been Minecraft and Fortnite.
Video games like these make sense to me because there are clear “rules” I can follow to stay alive and win. There is always a solution or answer; if I just follow the rules I’ll do well.
Unfortunately for me, this same way of thinking doesn’t always apply to other important areas of my life, like building friendships. Friendships are emotional, and they don’t follow the same linear path as getting better at video games.
I have tried many times to figure out and follow the “rules” of friendship, but have come up short because friendship has more to do with heart—liking, caring about, and loving people—than figuring out a strategy.
The same is true when it comes to…