Friendship was easy when I was a kid; at least that’s how I remember it. My brother and I played with the neighbors, kids from church, and families in our homeschool group. Looking back, I know that my main focus in my friendships was what I got out of them.
How I benefit and to what degree I enjoy a person is a natural (and certainly immature) way to measure relationships. But as an adult and a Christian, how much do I still fall back on similar criteria to evaluate my friendships?
Friendship on the field
The other day I sat on the couch while a football game featuring my parents’ alma mater, Texas A&M, played on TV. I’ve never been into sports, so I didn’t pay attention to the game until I realized the announcers and crowd were yelling louder than usual. I looked up to see an Aggies player rocket across the field for a 95-yard kickoff return.
What struck me as I watched replay after replay was not the impressive run. Instead, another Aggie player caught my eye. He came…