Posted by: Aaron Padgett | July 26, 2008

It’s Good to Have Good Friends

This time a couple of months ago I felt like I was in a pretty scary place. Still in high school, about to move to the city to build relationships with the urban poor, leaving long-time friends and family for the first time, and then having college to look forward to the very next week after it was over.

Talk about stressful.

Another thing that had me anxious was that I was going to have to go through a process of meeting and getting to know 6 other people in my age range that were coming to Louisville for the same thing. And since I’ve always leaned towards being more of an introvert than an extrovert, this was something that I was both excited and nervous about.

Over the course of the summer, I have grown a whole lot in my friendships with my teammates. Things have been difficult, fun, exciting, and definitely awkward at times. In the same way that we are intentional in our relationships with our homeless neighbors, we are intentional in our relationships we each other.

It’s good to have friends that you can

– act goofy with

– prank phone call a certain disgruntled staff member late at night with

– spend a day in Cincinnati to see art with

– have inside jokes with

– pray with

– rely on to lift you up when you have fallen down

– get lost in the city with

– have sincere conversations about God and life with

– not have much in common with

– be unified as brothers and sisters in the body of Christ with.

The summer is sadly but surely winding down, and soon we’ll all be spread out and back into the swing of our own lives. But I’m positive that I will take these amazing friendships that I now have with Cameron, Lindsey, Brittany, Coran, Chelsey, and Britany with me and I’ll surely remember all that they have taught me.

And for an encouraging look at the importance of friendship…

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


  1. And thank you for being a “friend” to the homeless here in our city! And for sharing your experiences and Hope!

    Friend of Jeff St.

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