If you want safe, boring, routine and mundane, don’t ever invest in “unexpected friendships” (people outside your usual circle of interest, comfort and preference).
Want an interesting, adventure filled life? Get outside the circle! Reach for unexpected friendships.
Jesus did this with Zacchaeus. When Jesus went to Zach’s house, it shocked the religious crowd – “they all grumbled: he has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” (Luke 19.7).
Here’s what Jesus had to say about it:
“If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that.”
“If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that.”
“Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us: generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is Kind; you be kind.”
“Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.”
(Luke 6 selected verses MSG)