I have a colleague at work. Let’s call him “Ram.” (Because that’s his name.) Ram is the Discipleship Ministry Administrative Coordinator of the church in the Philippines where I work.
Ram lives near my home, so he often carpools with me to work. He and I are virtually inseparable; lunches are usually spent with him, Marge, Ms Mae, and Teri. I appreciate Ram because he’s got a great sense of humor, a thirst for new things – he always researches on new technologies and stuff – and a really creative mind that’s overflowing with ideas.
Despite the fact that Ram is a few years younger than I am, people often think he’s older. (HA!) He’s a great confidant and a terrific listener. He’s also a prayer warrior with a great heart for the people he serves. The compassion he has for the leaders he works with always shows through with his work.
Ram never settles for second best. He’s always gunning for excellence. I hope it rubs off on me.
A few days ago, I decided to get a kick out of him. I called him over and said “kain tayo, best friend.” (HAHAHAHAHA!) He gasped in mock horror and cringed. I laughed for like, five minutes. Even now, I’m still laughing.
I have a lot of acquaintances but few friends. Ram is one of the more solid ones. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I continue to. Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether or not one calls his best bud “best friend.” What matters is that he knows it.