You never know when a stranger might become your best friend

You never know when a stranger might become your best friend

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Years and years ago, I went to a writing workshop in Colorado Springs. I knew Katie, my best friend, who went with me, and that was about it. I’m not good at making new friends, and I was only really going to learn more about writing.

But I remember seeing a gal about my age sitting at a table out on the patio one day while I was there. She seemed really nice, but I didn’t feel comfortable going up to introduce myself. Shy People, take note: This is why you need to have a friend who doesn’t mind talking to people.

Katie ended up in the same class with the gal. We were surprised to find out that her name was Amy as well, but we were dumbfounded to learn that she was soon getting married and moving to Wichita, Kansas, where she didn’t know anyone.

At that point, we could have just been friendly and gone separate ways, but we decided to stalk the poor girl. We invited her to church. We invited her to go to the zoo with us. We invited her to join our writing critique group. She couldn’t escape us. (I’m being facetious, dear, because I know you’re probably reading this.)

Very long story short: My new friend Amy has since become a really important person in my life. She’s even one of my business partners at Crosshair Press, and she’s been a huge blessing to me over and over again.

And just think—I might have missed out on friendship with her because I was shy!

Today’s verses are Hebrews 13:1-2.

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Have you ever been in that position, where you have a choice to be kind to someone or help someone? Did it ever cross your mind that the person you came across might be an angel? Seems kind of far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well, that’s in the Bible, so it’s true, regardless of how far-fetched it may sound.

We’re always to be kind and hospitable. And we’re not supposed to do it because we might be talking to an angel, though that’s a pretty cool perk. We’re supposed to do it because it’s the right thing to do and because Jesus said we should. But more than that: We should always be kind to people because you never know how those people will figure into your life later on.

Maybe they won’t. Maybe you’ll never see them again. But what if you do? What if that person you were cruel to turns out to be your next boss? Or, like in my situation, what if that stranger you smiled at turned out to be one of the best friends you’ve ever had?

You don’t know. So be kind, always. What will it hurt? On one hand, you might be showing compassion to an angel, and how cool would that be? On the other hand, you might make a friend who will bless you immeasurably in years to come.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

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