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Tim Kolodziej

November 28, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: I’m thankful for my Starting Five — because I’m not finished yet


NEW CASTLE — “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” — Elbert Hubbard

Writer Donald Miller of “Blue Like Jazz” fame may have taken the whole “circle of friends” idea to the extreme, but I like his thought process.

“Recently, I got married to a beautiful woman, the love of my life. And for my groomsmen, I not only chose the men I was closest to, but I intentionally chose the men I wanted to be like,” Miller recalls. “Each of them have a characteristic I’d like to develop in myself. And it was a terrific decision. Now I know where I’d like to point my character.”

Me, too.

The older — and, I hope, wiser — I become, the more careful I am about who I spend my time with.

And I am grateful to be surrounded by Godly, thoughtful men who keep me grounded, accountable and always point me back to Christ.

On this Thanksgiving holiday, as I reflect on the many blessings in my life, I will give thanks for you.

Like my precious wife and children, you make me want to be a better man.

These connections were made, in a couple of cases, decades apart, but there’s no question as to how they began.

Probably the same as yours.

“What! You too?”

I never knew.

So true.

Just like our friendship.


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