– Be Passionate For Your Friend’s Passion –
We’ve all been shot down for being “too excited” about something, whether it’s anime or Lord of the Rings or comic books, or writing and dance and music and art.
But if it’s important to your friend, it’s important to you too.
You don’t have to get it, but you get them. That’s friendship.
And if your friend stays to the end of a Marvel movie to watch the end credits scene: don’t ever let them go. It’s real.
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If you dread going to your church because there are a ton of issues there, please consider a few things before blowing up or walking away.
1) Pray for your pastor.
He most likely knows all the issues at hand and he’s just as desperate to fix them. You might be angry about some stuff: but he’s probably losing sleep and having those midnight arguments in his head and losing. Have grace for your pastor. Ask him how you can help.
2) Be part of the solution, not the problem.
We do need criticism, but at some point we need constructive restoration. It’s easy to see what’s wrong from a distance; anyone can do that. It’s hard to roll up your sleeves and get into the mess to help change things. Find the weak areas and bring strength. Go to what’s dead and bring life. Don’t keep speaking death over death. And do NOT keep doing the most popular stuff in your church, like the praise team. Help with the stuff that no one wants to do.
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