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Friends, Flour, and Florida – Part 1

We went to see some awesome friends (Steve and Amy) in Houston a few weeks ago. We hadn’t seen these guys in probably about seven years – we had not even seen three of the four kids that they have. We had a great time. And if it couldn’t get any better, it did. My old college roommate, Jeff, (Amy’s brother) and his wife also joined us for the weekend. In many ways, it felt like yesterday when we were together last. I guess good friends are like that. We went to an Astros game and then took six hungry and tired kids out to eat at 9:30 pm. That may have not been such a good idea – but it was fun. We went to their church on Sunday. That was a fantastic experience. After church we went to the Khema Boardwalk down on the Galveston Bay (at least, I think that is where we were.) It was sooooo hot and the smallest kids, well, Noah actually, went kinda nuts, so after spending about five hours there, Steve and I walked back to Waco to get the cars. Well, we didn’t walk, actually, and they weren’t parked in Waco but we did have to park a long way away. The next day, Amy made homemade pizza for us. It was great. Watching her make it was almost as great as the pizza itself. After four days, we left and came home by way of San Antonio. (Trey had studied the Alamo in 7th grade and we thought it would be cool to go there. And face it, who can pass up the Riverwalk!)

It was good to get home from our trip. And in the couple of weeks since we have used Amy’s recipe for pizza a few times. We are getting better. Turns out that it is actually cheaper than delivery and/or frozen pizza. The other day I was making some dough for the crust, you know, adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and BAM! (as Emeril would say) It hit me. No…not the dough. At the time the dough was this big gooey mess in the bowl. But I started thinking of how friendships are a lot like the pizza dough I was making:

Flour – our individual lives are the cups of flour that are thrown together in the bowl. We cannot help but get involved in each other’s lives in the bowl because we are mixed together.

Yeast – the yeast that is added is representative of Jesus. Once it is added, our friendship will rise and grow to be much more of a friendship than one without it. Dough without yeast is somewhat tough and flat. Friendships without Jesus can be the same way.

The other seasonings that are added give flavor to the friendship:

Thyme – quality time must be invested or the relationship can be shallow.

Rosemary – sharing trials that grind us up fosters closeness and intimacy.

Oregano – the intimacy that results leads to greater transparency and trust.

Basil – trust in the relationship is crucial. Trust goes a long way.

Garlic – fellowship and fun will come naturally and is maybe the boldest “flavor” there is in the relationship. This puts the “quality” in “quality time.”

Salt – to preserve the friendship when you are not together. The salt in each individual also inspires and encourages the others in the friendship.

Olive Oil – prayer for each other – it keeps the relationship from drying out and makes a bond that will keep everything together.

Water – love is what permeates all of the ingredients and works (along with the oil) to hold all of the other ingredients from falling apart.

When properly mixed together and kneaded by the Creator you will find that a most delicious result will ensue.

Trey spent a week in Florida at church camp. I will write about his experiences there next time. Hopefully, it won’t be a month before I write again.

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