“Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.” -Muhammad Ali
This was my moment. It was the eighth inning of the championship game, runners on second and third, we were down by a run, and I walked up to the plate. You see I’d grown up in Norway, so when I joined a little league baseball team, I didn’t have much experience. My passion for the sport was high, but my competency was low. I had become accustomed to striking out A LOT that season, but I had a supportive coach and team that never gave up on me. Now the success of my team rested on me. The pitcher threw a high fastball, and I swung with all my might and hit the ball deep into the outfield. Amazed, I watched it bounce off the scoreboard, driving in two runs to win us the championship. The team jumped on me, howling my name, and for the first time ever I felt like Babe Ruth. Similarly we may feel more comfortable not giving particular people a chance to be our friends—maybe because of their background, or they’re not very “cool,” or they don’t look like they have anything to offer—but sometimes we ought to befriend them anyway. It may so happen that God has put someone in your life for a much bigger reason than you could’ve ever realized.
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need (Proverbs, 17:17, NLT).