101 ways to make friends.

Seriously? There are 101 ways? And you expect me to know any of them?

I’m sitting in the spare bedroom of Andrew and Allie’s apartment because the snowy roads across northern Indiana made it unsafe to get home. And so I’m writing here while Andrew and Allie and Nancy are sitting in the other room watching the national championship game.

And you are thinking I know 101 ways to make friends.

But even as I write that, I think about Jesus’ words to his disciples about love. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. And I know that we always think that Jesus was looking ahead to his own death. But what if that’s only part of what he meant?

I mean, if I were to lay down this keyboard to spend time in the other room, wouldn’t that be a form of laying down my life? If our neighbor gives up some of her time to blow the snow off our driveway, twice, isn’t that laying down part of her life for her friends?

I could keep making up examples. But you can, too. Laying down your life by dying happens once. Laying down your life by laying down your will can happen a thousand times a day. Or maybe just 101.

Work on it. Let me know what you think. I’m heading to my family.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

3 thoughts on “101 ways to make friends.

  1. I met an old friend last night that I never really knew. He was sitting on the chair by the fireplace. The fire was crackling and I was tired. It was cold outside, the coldest day of the year. He talked and I listened. I had a glass of wine, he didn’t care. He offered to test the wine to make sure it was fine and safe. I assured him there was no need, Most wines are bottled without poisons here in the states. I also found out he likes coffee but being the hour of the day when I was thinking more about sleep than stimulation I passed on the coffee.

    His story is interesting and challenging and I found myself learning things from his experience. I look forward to another visit tonight. It will be cold again and we will have plenty of time to talk.

    I also found out that he tends to take numerous coffee breaks with a fellow from Indiana. Perhaps this weekend I will try that. A cup of hot black coffee and some time with a friend is a good way to start the day.

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