At the edge of almost I stood, almost too weak, too tired, too far. In the mirror I looked and saw, once again, a body that I didn’t know. This body was weak and frail and tired. It had been punished by no fault but my own in a battle I never expected to fight. The body image devil had gripped me and almost taken me down.
Relationships, whether family relationships, friendships, or romantic relationships bring us the greatest joy in life and also provide the greatest heartache and frustration. The complexity of relationships is that they are connections between people, who by our very nature are broken creatures. We mess up. We sin. We disappoint each other. We hurt feelings.
So if relationships are hard and people are screwed up—why do we crave connection with others? I believe it’s because that as humans, we were created to live in community, with friendships—particularly biblical friendships—serving as guardrails on the highway of life. They aren’t the road itself but they help keep us on the right path.
A little over a year ago I read a book by Phillip Yancey entitled What’s So Amazing About Grace? This book changed and reshaped how I view and partake in interactions with others. In this book, Yancey discusses the idea of grace, its role in our world today and “why only Christians can and must reveal the grace the world is searching for.”