The Buddy System

January 27, 2016

 

I've used the buddy system all my life.  I bet you have too, even if you didn't realize it....

 

In grade school I remember holding hands with my buddy (or buddies) when crossing the road to the playground.  We always had to cross at the crosswalk - nowhere else - or we would get sent to the principal's office for disobeying the rules.  Our punishment was not being allowed to go to the playground for the rest of the week; instead we had to stay in the classroom with Mrs. Sharp (whom I did not like) & do math problems on the chalk board.

 

As I moved into Jr. & Sr. High, my "buddies" became my study partners.  My grades weren't too good, & my "study-buddies" weren't that great at their subjects, either.  When you put "Trouble #1" & "Trouble #2" together, what do you get?  Yeah, you guessed it: Double Trouble!  Seems my buddy system wasn't working so well for me anymore. Could it have been the buddies I was choosing?  Hmmm...

 

It went downhill from there.  I became the model "troubled teen", doing things that troubled teens do:  toilet-papering houses, sneaking my parents' car out at night, smoking, getting drunk at parties, etc.  And of course, I wasn't alone, for I was working with the buddy system!  As I progressed through high school (by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin), my buddy system became more "advanced" & moved into things like buying and selling drugs together - anything we weren't supposed to do.  Having a buddy (or "partner in crime") to do those things with gave me more courage than I would normally have had.  My buddies never tried to talk me OUT of doing things.  But boy, they could alway be counted on to talk me INTO plenty of things!  I even talked others into doing those things with my buddies and me. 

 

During this time I knew in my heart what I was doing was wrong.  Something just kept nagging at me.  Then a bad-buddy-turned-good talked me into doing something right for a change.  I checked myself into a drug rehab. It was there I found the best buddy I've ever had.  I still have that buddy today, & we are closer than ever.  His name is Jesus Christ.

 

My best buddy has been through alot more than I ever have. (Matthew 27)  He's been ridiculed even when He didn't deserve it; beaten until the flesh of His body was hanging in raw bloody strips; spit upon & humiliated; stripped naked & mocked in front of hundreds of people... and as huge railroad-sized spikes were driven into His hands and feet, the sins of the whole world were placed on His shoulders to bear.  Even mine.  You see, I deserved everything that my buddy went through, but He wouldn't let it happen to me.  He loved me that much!  He even took His last breath thinking of me.

 

What a buddy, huh?  The kind of buddy we all need.  Jesus can be your buddy, too, because He's still alive! (Read Matthew 28)  Just believe in Him (John 3:16) & then get on board with the best buddy system ever established!  You won't regret it!    

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