Short Bus Insights-Best Friends…For Now

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As part of my job, I have the opportunity to drive the Pre-Kindergarten school kids home every day.  Since they only stay for a half-day, I take about 4-5 of them home after they finish lunch.  This route takes about an hour and during it I learn some truths that, as I have grown older and “more mature,” I have forgotten.

You always hear that children keep things simple.  And that is certainly true.  Here is one lesson I have learned so far.

Best friends don’t last forever.  And in some cases, change by the minute.

I have a pair of boys that ride the bus every day; we will call them Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Usually Peanut Butter gets dropped off at Jelly’s house since they live next door to each other and Peanut Butter’s  parents aren’t home.  These two boys see each other all the time.  At school, after school, and on the weekend.

They are also the last two to get dropped off.  This proves to be interesting because Jelly is an extremely loyal friend to Peanut Butter, while Peanut Butter looks to be everyone’s best friend.  When the other students are on the bus, Peanut Butter will quite literally ignore Jelly and talk and play with the other Pre-K students.  Jelly often tries to voice his opinions, but rarely are they heard.

This relationship changes when the other students get dropped off and Peanut Butter and Jelly are the only ones left.  After an awkward, and refreshing, 45 seconds of silence, Peanut Butter and Jelly go back to being best friends.  They joke, laugh, and talk about what they will do when they get to the house.

But how is this related to “grown-ups?”

Think back to your childhood best friend.  It is a rare thing to still be able to call them best friend.  I only know of a handful of people that will say they are still constantly in touch with their childhood best friend.  And even then it is not at the same level it once was.

Why is that?

Well it’s quite simple; we grow apart.  Someone moves away, one friend begins to play soccer while the other sticks with football, or it may simply be that other friends are formed.

This growing apart usually means growing toward something else.

When we are children we do not place our friendship on anything.  We are friends because we are friends.  We do not need a common interest to be friends.  It is when those things enter that we begin to narrow the friendship scope.  In essence it is when we begin to become more worldly involved.  It is when we focus more on the materialistic, the tangible, that we loose sight of real friendship.  A friendship with grace.

James 4:4 “…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Friendship with the world.  A close relationship where we rely on things of the world to get us through the tough times, to celebrate with us, to encourage us.  This friendship is certainly like childhood friendships.  It can turn quickly.

The world will abandon you for someone or something else that is more exciting, fresher, newer.

You will be alone…unless.

Unless you turn to the everlasting, ever faithful, ever loving, ever encouraging God.

Just two verses down in James 4:6 it says, “But he gives more grace…”

A friendship with God will always contain more grace than is needed.  In this friendship, you cannot move too far away, you cannot find other interests or friends because there is nothing that compares.

You cannot do enough wrong that grace cannot cover.

Matthew 28:20 “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Best Friends…For Now…And All Eternity

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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