Another lesson on perspective yesterday. (Note to self: all of life is really a lesson in perspective.)
I walked a few minutes later than I normally do and therefore got to talk to my friend Renee after Joel got on the bus. Great conversation! Love getting to know this sweet sister in Christ!
Before our conversation ended, Carol and the other Renee came up as well. I got to introduce these precious women to each other (yay!)...and to invite Renee to our Bible study (here were walking examples in Carol and the other Renee of the ladies in our group)!
God is so gracious!
Before Keith died, this Martha-to-the-max probably would not have taken the time to get to know any of these women. I would have been too focused on my schedule, my kids, my life.
Not on the greater community.
Now, none of my prior focuses were bad. In fact, God gave me charge of those things to steward. They were, and are, my primary responsibility.
But the world has gotten smaller and bigger at the same time since Keith died. I can and should do more.
I see another call on my life...being glue.
I met Carol and the first Renee simply by walking. We have lived just a couple blocks from each other for years, but met because of speaking to each other while walking. I gained acquaintanceship with two sisters in Christ!
Now, due to walking (and my big mouth), they now know each other. The community grows!
Christ had twelve intimates, but I don't see any evidence that He ever turned down getting to know another person.
I praise God that we can grow in community in the same way...simply by walking and being open to the people we meet along the way!
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. -- 2 John 1:6