A few Monday thoughts:
1. Sundays are one of my favorite days now. I get to meet dozens of new people each week and introduce them to opportunities or next steps in their journey!
2. Unfortunately most times I don’t remember all of the people I meet each week!
3. Had a great conversation with a bank officer today about how God is in control of every detail in our lives. This same person showed incredible generosity to Cyndi and I three years ago when I lost my job. Details matter.
4. I miss leading and participating in community groups each week. Relationships are nurtured in community.
5. Despite a lot of current chatter on social media, people don’t want to be dependent on public assistance of most any kind. I work with dozens if not hundreds of people who want to work but can’t because there aren’t enough jobs their skill sets match.
6. Christmas on the Moon is one of my favorite services each year. We move our Christmas church service to The Moon – a local nightclub in Tallahassee. People who don’t want to go to a “church” will go to a nightclub! Why not share Jesus with them?
7. I wonder if anyone is actually persuaded to vote for a candidate because of a yard sign or a television commercial? I bet not.
8. I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
9. My wife is my biggest supporter and encourager. I’m more than lucky she agreed to be my wife more than 30 years ago!
10. Divine opportunities are often overlooked. Mainly because we become self focused on don’t really look outside our own little worlds.
I have had some really neat conversations with friends over the last few weeks – friends I have known for awhile and friends I have known less than year!
Here are some highlights:
On a recent Sunday afternoon we drove to some friends house for a late lunch. Our friends opened their home and hearts to us that day in a really neat way. While our meal was cooking on the grill, we had an opportunity to really get to know each other – learning about each other in ways that can’t happen with a two minute conversation as we walk to our cars. We spent a few hours that afternoon becoming closer friends. These friends have a heart and longing for God and for others!
Monday night after our community group, a friend handed me a card. I didn’t immediately look at it but politely said thank you. As we were driving home that night, Cyndi opened the note and read it to me. The encouragement and generosity the card contained was amazing! We really needed what was in that card! We have been friends for about six months and it is really neat to see how our brief interactions have blessed each other! This friend has a heart for God and for others!
Wednesday I skyped with a friend in Cartagena, Colombia. We met this friend on a trip to Cartagena in August 2011 when he served as a tour guide and interpreter for our group. We have maintained good communication since our return to Florida and hope to return again in August 2012. This friend shared how he had been blessed with some good paying tour work in January. Instead of spending his earnings on something for himself, this friend used most of his money to sponsor a Christian Hip Hop event in some impoverished neighborhoods in Cartagena. This friend has a heart for God and for others!
Today I had coffee with a group of men – men who I try to meet with every two to three weeks. All of us range in age from early 50’s to mid 60’s. Former law enforcement, postal employee, parks and recreation supervisor, small business owner, real estate, mason, advocate for homeless and advocate for anyone in need. Men from all over the United States and even Europe. A common denominator among all of us – we love Jesus and have a heart for others – especially those who are having a hard time helping themselves. My time with these men always inspire me – inspire me to strive to be a closer follower of Christ and inspire me to intentionally look to help others.
What about you? How did you interact with your friends this week? What did they share with you and what did you share with them?
We can’t live life in a bubble!