I have a friend named Joel. He's a regular on my blog comments. I've known him for years. Him and I love to argue and debate. I love that about him.
I love that he and I can disagree totally and still go back and forth and be the better for it. I cant actually think of a single time that one of us have convinced the other to change our position on something, but personally I've always felt the better and smarter after one of our "debates". Joel's a smart guy and I respect that.
Joel has an enormous faith in his savior Jesus Christ. And while I dont share his faith, I think his faith has been a positive influence on my life. He has shown me that you can be strong in faith in an intangible force and be the better for it and not squander it or use it to control someone else.
I have a friend named Joel and I am very thankful that I do.