It’s a Race

I’m having a bit of a nostalgic moment this morning. It’s one of my good friends’ birthday today; and out of all my friends, I believe he might be the one I’ve known the longest that I’m still in regular contact with. When I got to thinking about it, I’ve known him for going on 28 years; and before you think we’re really old after that statement, he just turned 32 and I will be 32 in October. The earliest memory I have of our friendship goes back to our early days in school. The first thing that our teacher would have us do in the morning was work on a coloring sheet. Well I guess our competitive nature started early, because Chris and I would always race to see who could finish the sheet first. Today I’m sure someone would applaud us for our boldness to color outside the lines, but the truth is we didn’t care how ugly it was if we could be the first one to turn it in. To this day, if I find myself with a coloring sheet in front of me, I have the overwhelming desire to see how fast I can complete it; and I hardly ever stay within the lines. I’m sure someone smarter than I could come up with a snazzy metaphor about life; or perhaps could analyze my behavior based on how I color a picture on a page. I’m not sure about all that, but I do believe that I lost more of those coloring races than I won. 


It’s funny to me writing all of this out, because now I am a “teacher/helper” in a children’s class at church every few weeks depending on how many are in the rotation at a given time. Part of our lesson is to give the kids a coloring sheet that relates to that week’s lesson. I have to chuckle at the kids that I see in the class and notice that there are still those out there who race to be done first no matter how “ugly” the picture is at completion. I often ask them if they’d rather take their time and make it more than one color; but I already know the answer, because it’s the same one that I gave when I was asked that question. 


I feel that I’m sort of just rambling on with this post with no real set direction or point. It started off with nostalgia and moved on to observation. So in honor this post being inspired by an enduring friendship, I’ll leave you with some quotes on friendship from C.S. Lewis


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

 And then

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”


 What about you, do you color within the lines; or do you race to see how fast you can get done? Do you have any other random thing to add to this random post? Do you have a favorite friendship quote?

6 Responses to “It’s a Race”

  1. Caleb says:

    I’ve been in that class before. I don’t believe that any of them would color outside of the lines. What are you talking about?

  2. Jason Stasyszen says:

    ‘Friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them.” –Michael W. Smith

    I color inside the lines mostly, too much of a perfectionist I guess. 🙂
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  3. Funny how history repeats itself- especially when you see it doing so through other people! 🙂
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