Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On my mind tonight

"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up." -Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10

There is a lot on my heart today. Hopefully I can successfully express into words what I am thinking. What is Church? A building. Christ in you. A body of believers. A home. What is fellowship? Friends. A body of believers. Sharing how God is moving with another person. A family.
Something I lack in my life is a church to call home and a body of believers to call family.

I work at a Christian Preschool inside a church. I also teach Sunday School at this church. I love my job, my co-workers are wonderful believers and have become like family, the church/school is "home" to me, the Pastors and their families are all amazing and are like family. However, I do not sit in a church building or in a home and listen to a message. I do not go out to lunch after church and talk to friends. I do not hang out with people on a regular basis. I have very few that I share life with.

This fact, for lack of better words, hurts. I love seeing people and kids at my jobs and talking with people briefly about things, but I want my relationships to go further and deeper than that. How does one accomplish this goal?

Now don't get me wrong. I have some amazing friends. I have a wonderful husband who loves God with all his heart that I get to share life with! We have a great big family of believers that we see often and spend time with. We have a best friend couple that live in the same apartment complex as us that we can share almost anything with. I know I have friends and relationships, I am not complaining that I have "no" friends.

Sometimes though, the people listed above are busy, family isn't always the best to talk about certain things with, sometimes friends live far away and can't gather together at the drop of a hat. I want, I need a church body that I (we, really) can be a part of. That we can grow from and share life with. Something needs to change and now it is my (and the hubby's) job to figure out how! It really is an encouraging thought.

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you." -John 15:12-15

I hope through this rambling I may have encouraged someone to be a better friend. Or to make a positive change in your life. One thing to cling onto is that Jesus calls us friend and that He is more than enough. If that isn't encouraging, I don't know what is.

1 comment:

  1. Love those verses you posted. I am curious if you work and teach and that church and feel like the members are family, why do you not attend the service for the message and such? It sounds like this IS your church home.
    Maybe I missed a part in that and am confused.. maybe there is more to it, that you didnt mention. I was just curious.
    But I too know how important it is to find a good church home and family! When we moved from Washington to California it took 4 months to find the right church for us. The one that felt like "The One". But I am glad we finally found it. I love the church, the people, the pastor.... his messages are awesome! I am involved on the worship team and I love that too. Its great to have that body of believers, that church family to be there for you when you need.
    Though I know I have friends there and can count on them.... to be honest the friends I have made there... we dont hang out that often either. But we are all busy mommas.. and it is hard.. as you said. But we try to make an effort by planning.. it has to be planned in advance! haha A girls night out, and we also do Mommy Group.. so all the mommas who usually would be home alone with the kiddos, can get together and chat and stuff while our kids play together. So that is nice.

    But for the most part, I am with you on not having many CLOSE friends. I couldnt my 3 sisters as my best friends and I can count on them for anything, Thank God we all live close to each other. But other than that Im usually home alone, not doing much but being mommy and wife. lol

    This is why I blog and why I LOVE it. Its the way I can connect with others like me. I can be encouraged and uplifting.. and I love being able to do that for others too. Anyways.. well I do hope you do end up finding that right place for you. Because it really is important to have a great church home and a connection with other believers. :)


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