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Friendship and Pleasure

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  • Friendship and Pleasure

    Enjoy your friends. They make it all the more fun.

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    Do friends make everything better? Letís plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    I still remember reading about Double Dragon II coming out on the Nintendo. It had this new innovation in it in that two players could play simultaneously. In the past, when you played a game, you each had to take your turn. Now you could both go at the same time. How incredible was that?

    After all, playing a game can be a lot of fun, but itís even better when someone does it with you. If I play a game by myself at home, that can be fun, but itís really more enjoyable if Allie is right there with me even if sheís just watching. Many of us know this about our friendships. Things are just more fun if you do them with friends.

    Itís okay to watch your favorite show. Itís even better when you watch it with friends or at least discuss it with them, like when my friend Chris and I used to get together every week to watch the new episode of Smallville. Going to a sporting event or a concert isnít my cup of tea, but some people enjoy it, and I suspect they enjoy it even more with friends.

    With friendship, you not only get the enjoyment of what youíre doing, but the enjoyment of doing it with someone else and seeing how they respond to it. Get more people together and it can be even more enjoyable. My bachelor party back in 2010 had to be one of the most tame bachelor parties of all by comparison. I got together with several of my friends at a place with a big screen and we just played Super Smash Brothers Brawl all night long.

    Many friends also have inside jokes. There are things that they share that they share with no one else. A simple word or phrase or gesture can bring out uproarious laughter from the group.

    These times can also lead to other connections. This can lead to sharing of things as you build a bond of trust with the friend and the friendship can move beyond just one of pleasure together, but it can also be one of a sort of intimacy together. In our culture, we often refer to intimacy and think it just refers to the sexual act. There are plenty of other ways of being intimate.

    Itís odd how it works. When suffering enters, pain is divided. You donít have to carry it as much because someone else is sharing it with you. Yet when it comes to pleasure, pleasure is not divided but rather it is multiplied. Your having pleasure at the same activity as me does not diminish my pleasure. Instead, it increases it.

    So why not go and see a friend today? Take their pain for them and let them have less. Give them some pleasure and let them have more. Be a friend.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters

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