Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)
This post concludes my 4-part series, “Lifting Up My Friends.” Today, I want to lift up my good friend Leonard Sweet.
As most of you know, Len is the co-author of our joint-essay “A Jesus Manifesto” (published in June 2009) and JESUS MANIFESTO (the book we released this past summer).
I spent this last Thanksgiving with Len and his family in his home (which I happen to believe is part of the Witness Protection Program).
In numerous ways, Len is a kindred spirit. My brother from a different mother. But more, a friend and a colleague in the Lord’s work.
If you want to know what Len Sweet is about . . . and for that matter what I’m about . . . read JESUS MANIFESTO. That book is chiseled somewhere deep on our hearts.
Over the years, Sweet has written no small library. His books are worth your time investigating.
I’ve selected several of them to be part of my Top 100 Best Books list.
I’m thankful that God has brought this like-minded/like-hearted soul into my life.
Now . . . since this is the last installment of my “Lifting Up My Friends” series, I’d like to quickly acknowledge a few other friends of mine:
Stephanie Bennett – I forged a friendship with her and her husband Earl back in the 90s. Wonderful people. Steph is an author and college professor. Very gifted. Since the Bennetts live in Florida, I usually get to spend time with them a few times a year.
Michael Morrell – I have known Mike since the late 90s. One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Despite the fact that we have many theological disagreements, he’s a dear and trusted friend of mine.
Robert Ricciardelli – a fellow Pizon. Kind-hearted and gracious. He’s an Italian version of Mike Morrell.
There are so many other friends whom God has put in my life as well, all of whom I’m thankful for. Some of them have websites and use social media. But many of them do not. Yet I love them all. (Please forgive me if I didn’t mention you. You know who you are!)
In closing, I’d like encourage you to lift up your friends also. People you actually know face-to-face, respect, and love. Consider honoring them in some way. Friendships are precious, and they should never been taken for granted.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:3-5)
Have a blessed, happy, peaceful, and joyful new year!