We are a hurry-busy-fast society. However, a hand has reached down often enough in my life that SLAMMED on the brakes, Jesus calls to me. Take more time with Me, get into the Word, tomorrow is not promised, but today — it’s here, let’s move some mountains, let’s climb to the top instead of wallowing in the shadows.
I’ve experienced some heavy health issues the last two months. I have slowed WAY down. And yet, with all this free time, I am still selfish, not having committed my time with better intentions.
Our relationship with God is our most important. Jesus walked the earth for 33 years as a human being, we can bring to him all we’ve got. He “gets” it. Let the extra time in your days, be filled with prayer, conversation, servitude and love, all we are; and all we can be — can be received by the love of the Father.
Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land theLord your God gives you for all time.
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
In the past two days I’ve spent a good amount of time with UU’ers (Unitarian Universalists). I remain a “friend” of this community, as I had been an active participant for four years.
Some Christians would tell you “don’t converse with unsaved folks.” But that NEVER made sense to me. How are you supposed to share the love of God and the reason for grace if you only ‘hang out’ with like-minded people?
I personally don’t believe the God I believe in put His “Good-Housekeeping” Seal of a Approval on a particular church or religion.
However, I digress, this post is about community, and the importance of belonging; finding your (various types of) people and how the bible encourages it.
Acts 12:12 …..”gathered together praying…”
Deuteronomy 31:12 “Gather the people together, men, women, children, and your foreigner who is within your towns, so that they may hear and learn…..”
A core belief in the UU church is to “question everything.” I am not a Lutheran because my parents raised me to be one, in fact – I no longer identify as a Lutheran at all. I check the box for Christian for medical forms and leave it at that.
But community; is more than a group of people hanging out together, it’s being with people who respect, are concerned about and want you to live your best life (I’m channeling Oprah)!
Is your community healthy? Are you inspired and encouraged by those in your circle? Is God at the center?