Today is my friend Daniel's 28th birthday. We met Daniel and his wife, Meagan, about three years ago when they started coming to our church. That December, Brooke and I were looking at Christmas lights and saw Daniel ("Officer Dan") directing traffic, so we talked for a minute or two. A few weeks later we went to lunch with them hoping to get to know them a bit better. It's kinda funny now...we were trying to get to know them better and the whole time Daniel thought I was having a miserable time (and hated them?) because he is on the VERY TALKATIVE side of the talking scale, and I am on the VERY QUIET side of the talking scale when I don't know people very well.
But somehow we got past the first meal at On the Border and got to know each other a little better. In 2003, Officer Dan went to youth camp with No Compromise Youth as an adult leader, and that's when he and I became better friends (I was youth pastor at the time).
When we got back from camp, Daniel and Meagan began working wth the youth group and our friendship has grown. They lead the Sr. High Bible Study on Sunday nights. Starting this week, they will be leading an adult Life Group ("cell group" from our church) in our home each week and we're glad to have another excuse to hang out with them.