The Gift of Friendship

“All Our Memories are God’s Most Precious Gifts of a Life Lived but Once.”

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tear-jerking, action packed movie with cars that parachute out of an airplane and a finale that gives homage to Paul Walker.

With Fast and Furious 6 leaving Dominic Torretto, Letty Ortiz, Brain O’ Connor and the rest of the team with a clean record, it’s hard to believe that they could be back in serious danger again. But, what would a Fast and Furious film be without all of the explosive excitement of that signature, seat of your pants car crashing, street fighting, and street racing style that these films are known for.

Early in the story, Brian O’ Connor is seen driving his son to daycare in a minivan and living a quiet life in a suburban neighborhood (white picket fence and all). Everything seems to be comfortable and sweet until the battle is brought to his own front door when a package arrives with a bomb inside and explodes on his doorstep. Without question he and his friends know they are being hunted…

Thus, the decision is made, after attending a funeral for their brother and friend, Han, to find and defeat this common enemy, Shaw.

Is it worth this dangerous masquerade, where injury, harm, or even death my be immanent? This group of friends seems to think so, each knowing it could only be a matter of time before each one of them would be hunted and killed.

All united for the same goal to protect the ones they love: Family.

Webster’s dictionary defines family as: A group of people who are related to each other.

This movie illustrates a different scenario. A group of independent individuals that chose to come together to love and protect each other out of the genuine care and concern for one another.

Let’s be real for a moment. Can’t family–our relatives–be hard to get along with?

My answer to this question is a resounding: Yes! What do you think?

I know that I have struggled with the dilemma of wanting to be loved by family members only to be disappointed. Families can be dysfunctional–meaning they are unable to operate together.

There are  number of reasons this could be true. One reason families members can be combative is sometimes personalities do not go together. Also, jealously is all too common for siblings, and instead of songs like “togetherness” from the well known family movie The Parent Trap — sibling rivalry breaks out. Parents can become overwhelmed sometimes working two jobs. Divorce may break a family apart. Or more darker demons such as drugs, alcohol, and abuse may be causing friction.

What does that leave us to with when are family isn’t supportive do to any of those reasons or something else?

What is so unique and true to life is the relationship that Dominic Torretto, Brian O’ Conner, Letty Ortiz and the rest of the crew have is that they are not related by blood, but they treat each other as family. In the movie Fast and Furious 7, each of the members were capable of taking care of themselves. Their skills of racing cars, and strength in street fighting shines through. But they new they were stronger as a team. And that together they were going to have a lot more fun, too.

May I suggest, just as this close group of friends in the movie found a family through a strong bond of friendship, that, if our own family is lacking a healthy support system, you consider those around you as potential friends that may become like family, too.

Our heavenly father has placed certain people in our lives to fill the roles that perhaps a family member cannot. The people that God has placed around us can be just the gift we have needed, but we just haven’t unwrap the paper to see the beauty that lies inside.

Friendship

The gift of friendship brings so much happiness  to our lives as our joys are doubled and our sorrows are cut in half.  We never know who could be a friend that adds such depth and happiness to our life. There are so many wonderful people surrounding us each and everyday. Isn’t it worth meeting and getting to know others by saying more then a simple hello and goodbye?

Proverbs 24:18: 

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly,

But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

When we open are hearts to others we may just find that they were the family you were missing this whole time. And while you are waiting for a friend or close group of friends to have fun with and to share each others joys and burdens. May I encourage you by saying that  our hope is in Jesus because He tells us “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18)  And this friend he speaks of is none other than himself.

If I have Jesus as my friend, and everyone else has chosen to betray me, I would still be fulfilled and I would still rejoice.  Because sometimes just one true friend is all you really need.   And if you have been waiting for a support system whether from friends or family  and Jesus is that one true friend– for however long a time that may be– than you are blessed to have the Maker of the Universe be your friend!

As Christians we are also members of a group or “Body of Christ. I have meet some of my closet friends in church and often have felt that these friends have supported me in good times and bad. It is not good to be alone we can become isolated and open to attack from others because there isn’t anyone near that has our back.

Ecclesiastes 4:10:

“Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,”

Although we may not be fighting a battle quite like the one we see in the movie Fast in the Furious Seven. We are fighting a spiritual battle, the bible tells us that “Satan walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”  ( 1 Peter 5:8) We may not always see this battle, but there is a spiritual dimension and a battle against good and evil.

Ephesians 6: 12  says,” For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Knowing this as a family of Christ we need to stick together. Walking with Christ daily and allowing our unique gift and talents to bind together as one. Bill Welch described  the body of Christ “like a tapestry of different colors and different gifts.  If somehow we let God move, He can take all the different colors and blend them together to make something outrageously beautiful and helpful to sharpen. So He can cut through the darkness …” (1 Corinthians 12).

We all  face dark times and if we have no one to turn to it is disheartening. But if we continue to surround ourselves with good friends and Christian believers then as a unit or body of Christ we can overcome.

Friendship is a precious gift that cannot be bought in a store. Is there anyone that you can be a better friend to today or is there anyone you may need to reach out to  get to know? I know I need to make an effort daily to better get to know my co-workers and people I may meet. Although I may think I don’t have the time to talk and chat, things always seem to work out for the good, and in the end I don’t regret it because the return is immeasurable.

John 15:13:

 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” 

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