I met Ray-Ray, Todd, and Dave my freshman year (well, I met Todd sophomore year), and we soon became great friends. Ray-Ray, Dave, and I lived on the same dorm hall and Todd just hung out a lot. All four of us majored (and graduated) in youth ministry. All four of us went in different directions after graduating to pursue serving God in different churches.
The last time the four of us had been together was in 2002 (I think at Dave's wedding).
So many things have changed in our lives in the past 7 years. One guy has 3 kids. (Not me.) One guy is a cop. (Also not me.) One guy has gained a little weight. (Nope.) One guy has been on The Price Is Right twice. (BOO YAH!) But no matter how much time passes or how much we change individually, one thing that hasn't and won't change is how much we encourage and support each other.
One of the best things I walked away from CIU with was my friendships with these three. And I thank God I had a chance to reconnect with them. Even if it did cost me almost all of my sleep over three days...