I love Jesus' rhythm in life. All it took was a few healings and casting out demons and the crowds were on his heals 24-7, or so it seems. Yet, Jesus still made time: 1) to get away in order to waste time with God, and 2) to cultivate relationships with his disciples.
Jesus sends out 70-72 in Luke 10.
He calls 12 to follow him in Luke 6.
Of the 12, there were 3 (Peter, James, and John) who occasionally followed him to more intimate settings.
In Houston, we've made some really good friends...old and young. However, from the moment we started here, there have been 2 couples who have become our Houston family--Matt & Jenna Cope and Chris & Jenny Thompson.
Matt and Jenna have been good friends of ours since our days in Abilene. Though we were at school with Chris and Jenny, we didn't become to know each other until our days in H-Town. I can't even begin to put into words the impact of having these 2 couple friends. We have eaten dozens of meals together, have watched movies, have taken vacations, have had children around the same time, etc.
They have taught us about companionship, loyalty, and sacrifice.