Musings of An Eclectic Cowboy
January 16, 2009
This last week I traveled with an old friend of mine who has been sick back to his home in the Mid West. Well this friend was my roommate in college and he was what the kids today would call my BFF (Best Friend Forever). At the time that we were together I couldn't imagine not being in a close relationship with him for the rest of my life. But time and distance makes things change. We still see each other when he comes down to see his family but it is just not the same as it used to be. He is just not my BFF anymore. Over time I have had many BFFs Grade School, Junior High, High School, College, Graduate School, the different towns that I have lived in, the different jobs that I have had, the different Churches that I have been involved with and the different Ministries that I have been involved with have all produced BFFs for me. I have built relationships with people from time to time that I felt would never end. But each and everyone of them have deteriorated over time. For a relationship to grow you have to continue to spend time with that person. Not by email, text or telephone but in person face to face.
If you have ever had a true relationship with Christ then you have felt the same feelings that you have with a best friend. You seek Him out at every opportunity. You get to know Him and you let Him get to know you. But Christ has to be more than your best friend. He has to be more than a Father and a Lord to you. There is nothing on this earth that compares to the relationship that we can have with Christ. But still we have to continue to seek and improve a relationship with Him. We can't walk away for even a little bit and expect it to be the same when we come back.
My friend and I spent two days on the road together and our relationship improved tremendously because of it. He is not my BFF anymore but some of that old spark is back and he is a very good friend that I cherish and love and I look forward to seeing him again. I challenge you to work on your relationship with Christ, whether it is good or bad it can be better and remember you have to seek Him to make that relationship better. If you don't then it will only get worse.
Vaya con Dios
The Eclectic Cowboy