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.
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.