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"Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured" ~Old Russian Proverb

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Made To Be Relational

There has been such an emphasis placed on one’s personal relationship with Jesus. Certainly, one coming to a personal decision to believe in Christ is an absolute necessity. There are even times when solitude with the Lord is most meaningful. But, one of the real joys of the Christ-follower’s life is sharing the journey with other believers. We considered this past Sunday that we are made to be relational.

I give thanks as I look back across the last week at just a few such instances I've had in sharing the journey:

* A small group of folks went to visit a very sick friend of ours. That was a most difficult setting. Having shared the time together with him, his family and with each other seemed to bring hope and reassurance to us all that God was in our midst.
* Our Board of Elders met with members of the church finance team to discuss some of the financial concerns we’re facing as a congregation. The plurality of wisdom and the sharing of the burden lent clarity to our situation and creativity to move forward in dealing with the matter.
* I’ve spoken with a few people who shared a cross-cultural experience with me in Namibia this past summer. Ongoing conversations with these teammates helps to put our experience in perspective and cheers us all to see God’s hand is still very much at work in all of our lives.
* I’ve been involved in a number of conversations with other brothers and sisters about the wonder and mystery of our God. Whether in person over a cup of coffee, on the telephone, in email or instant messages, these ongoing conversations sharpen and encourage each of us in our spiritual journey.
* A few friends got together (as we do regularly) to daydream, if you will, about creative ways to meet ministry needs and to pursue our course as a church ‘along the way’. It is such a blessing to share ideas and tackle tasks with shared encouragement and energy.

As I said, these are but a few of the examples from the past week in my life. What a privilege it share the journey. What a blessing God gives in that closeness with Him brings with it closeness with others. Who are you sharing the journey with? Which relationships encourage you in your faith? Who are you encouraging along the way?

3 Comments:

  • Today, I met someone new "along the way!" Earlier this morning, I read the entry from Brian Smith before heading out the door. I was thinking that I do not know many(any)of the people who are sharing on the blog site, but I am very interested in the comments and conversation. Later on, by coincidence(?), we were both at Barnes & Noble and were introduced to each other! How amazing is that?? It was nice to meet you, Brian! I hope to meet the rest of your family on Sunday!

    By Jackie, at 9/07/2005 6:16 PM  

  • Jackie

    It was a pleasure to meet you, I figured anyone hanging out with the Jesus freak would be ok in my book. Jackie I am sure the journey you are on is a great one and I really would like to get to know you and your family more as I know it was not a coincidence that we met. I just know it. Just as I know its not a coincidence that your daughter kept sitting next to Darin on her trip. I never got to finish telling you how impressed I was that your daughter was interested in going to Africa and how as a Parent you let it happen. Hope Taylor wants to go some day, and I hope I go before she does.....

    By Brian Smith, at 9/08/2005 7:50 AM  

  • wow, what a God thing! thats so cool brian and jackie i love when God puts surprises in our live =)

    By amanda, at 9/08/2005 6:28 PM  

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