Getting older changes your perspective. Some things, GI Joes, classic cars, and good food with friends, become more important because one realizes their true value in life. Other areas fade into relative unimportance; it does not matter if I really know what is going on, how the process works at the extreme detail level, or what role the event plays in the cosmic scheme. Examples include most sporting events, watching anything on television, or riding my bicycle.
People often ignore the foundation of relationships. It is almost as if this is an area that has faded into something not important or that it is something that one can ignore because of the end result or how you feel. In my own journey foundations in relationships are key. Knowing why you are friends and have a relationship with another gives both parties the freedom to trust and grow with the other.
As I spent time with a good friend yesterday, I realized just how important his thoughts are to me. I value his perspective, insights, and observations. I enjoy spending time doing anything and nothing; sports are great conversations, making messes with some canvas or on the computer is great, and a walk to anywhere is an adventure in itself!
The foundation of our relationship rests on our shared interest in the creative side of life, respect and interest in the other’s walk, and a pursuit to see God. As we grow older it seems that our paths are becoming more intermingled and dependent, which is good. The foundation came from the very beginning and continues from that launch.
Having a relationship with God is easier if one understands the base and how it was launched. In many ways it is extremely simple. “Say the welcoming word to God – Jesus is my master – embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not ‘doing’ anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation.” (Romans 10.9,10) That’s life.