You know you have a great friend when your relationship causes you to want to be a better man. I am blessed with such friends; men of God who love truth and love me.
Some time ago we noticed that our birthdays follow each other, month after month, from November through February. Because of this, we decided we needed to throw ourselves a party and celebrate all of our birthdays together in the month of February. And so, each year, for several years now, we have had a party in February to celebrate all of our birthdays/friendships.
At first we started out getting different people to cook for us. How we managed to convince people to let us just show up, eat, and leave is totally beyond me? We also decided that we would draw names and exchange gifts. Cool gifts- the type of gifts that you want but might not get from your Mom, Aunt, Dad, Wife, etc.
The last few years I have taken up the job of cooking a meal for our party. There is only one rule- something unique, something different. This year I decided to have a Caribbean style meal. We had Chicken St. Lucia, Grilled Asparagus & Mango, and Citrus Marmalade with Hawaiian Sweet Bread.
This year was a little different. Different because I did not know- in spite of some ‘slip-ups’, that my friends were planning on giving me all the gifts and making the party just for me. Why? Probably for many reasons- and maybe even some reasons they don’t even know about; however, whatever the reason, they once again did what great friends do- they made me realize just how necessary it is for me to be a better man.
That probably wasn’t their goal. But it is what happens with great friends. They push you to be better than you are. They challenge you to be strong and courageous. They make you see that life is more than just about you and your situation. They cause you to look through the mirror and help you focus on the most important things in life. They love. They give.
I wanted to share some pictures with you of our ‘friendship’ party- my surprise party. I hope you enjoy.