As a child, there was nothing like a sleep over, especially if it meant going away with a friend or neighbor’s family. High school brought class trips, spending a day or weekend on a field trip. College introduced the concept of road trips, going some where at the spur of a moment, chilling and hanging with buddies. For those who marry, weddings result in Honeymoons and if kids arrive, family vacations in the future. Ultimately, as you go through life alone or with a significant other, each day serves as an opportunity to become friends along the way.
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, Luke 8:1.
If you use the Bible as a source, Jesus lived in relative obscurity, serving as a carpenter in Nazareth. Single and living with his mother, Jesus wasn’t searching for a woman or seeking to build his business. Rather, Jesus was waiting until the Holy Spirit revealed the ideal time to begin his earthly ministry. When this moment arrived, Jesus spent a majority of his time on the road, traveling from town to town with his twelve disciples. As people began to receive healing, experience miracles and transform their lives, a bond developed between Jesus and his followers. I guess you can say Jesus was a model for finding friends along the way in life.
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told the parable of the Sower, Luke 8:4.
As I look back on the past 6 years of my writing, there is only one earthly person I can credit for my progress. Spencer Saints who has his own travel blog entitled Friends Along the Way, Friendsalongtheway.org, is the person who encouraged me to pursue a writing career. Through the years, Spencer introduced me to a writer’s group, started his own and steered me in the right direction as I began to write movie scripts. We all meet friends along the way in life, but few express how they feel before they are gone. May this blog inspire you to reach out to those who have helped you along the way, especially during the bleak moments in life.
by Jay Mankus