The Art of Friendship

Hello dear friend! We are beary excited that you decided to stop in. For whatever reason Daisy could not sleep this morning so as I sit here in the early morning light I smile to myself because I know it’s gonna be a good day! All I need to truly navigate this day is a little sweet tea, a dab of marmalade, and a whole lot of Jesus.

Oh, I know not every day is good … but there is good in every day.

This morning there was still a tad gray when I went outside and sat on the RV patio … the sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds … and it took a moment for my eyes to adjust to the world around me.

For a moment I was startled as Daisy ran through the yard growling and barking …. I had no idea what she had spotted . So I quickly jumped up from my comfy lawn chair and went to investigate.

She stood right there on the edge of the manicured yard and the forbidden high grass …. every hair on her neck stood at attention and the low growl coming from her little 5 pound body let me know she was not happy .

I gently picked her up and walked her back to the patio …. this simple act of love did not make her happy. But that’s okay , I knew she would soon calm down and all would be right with her little world once again.

As we sat there enjoying the sun coming up the commotion in the high grass became louder and harder to ignore…. and just as I was about to go inside to stray cats came tumbling out.

We sat and watched those two feline friends play in the yard for almost 30 minutes … as I laughed at these two I marveled at how well they got along for being a couple of strays.

Because of their markings and how completely opposite they were from one another Daisy and I decided to name them salt and pepper…. because salt and pepper are different but in their differences they compliment one another.

As I walked back inside the RV to get my day started my mind drifted back to one of the first lessons we taught as children’s pastors.

Holding up two huge cutouts one was labeled salt and the other one pepper .. the children would get so excited while trying to figure out my purpose for these silly props.

They may seem silly to some …. but I bet every time you sit down to eat there’s one on the table. We see them at home, and at restaurants. Even the cheapest fast-food places have at least a salt shaker on the table.

We expect it. But let me ask you something, is that the only thing we expect to see on the table? Who sets a table of just salt? If you’re going to have a salt shaker on the table, you’re going to need a pepper shaker too.

Salt and pepper are complements to foods that come together like peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper are usually in similar containers, but on the inside, they don’t look alike at all. They don’t taste alike either, and yet in spite of their differences, salt and pepper go together perfectly. Just like the two strays from earlier this morning…. similar but different .

True friendship is like salt and pepper.

People can have a number of differences; but in spite of those differences, they can find a common ground to share good times and bad. The two cats have the common ground of being strays … and instead of facing this world alone that have learned to get along and become buddies … if you see one the other is never far behind.

Salt and pepper can take a bland, boring meal, and turn it into something delicious. True friends can take a bad situation and turn it into something wonderful. You’ll never find salt without pepper.

And like salt and pepper, true friends are the ones that’ll stick with you no matter where you are, or what situations you face.

You don’t have to be exactly alike or have everything in common, you just have to be willing to be there… to be willing to show up.

To many times we overlook one another because they seem to different from us … but I have learned that life is like a pot of soup and friends are the spices …. because each spice adds something unique to the soup….

Just like each new friend adds something completely different to our lives … watching the cats play this morning reminded me how important it is to love one another and to always be kind.

My challenge for each of us this week is to find time to show up and be a good friend.

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