When you hear the words, “best friend,” who comes to mind? What emotions instantly invade your heart? What memories rush in, taking back to a different time?
There are not many things in this world that are better than true, deep, meaningful friendships. They fill our lives with love and laughter. They fill our schedules with unending activities. They dominate our time on the web through Facebook, twitter, etc. They rank high on our priority list and we value their thoughts and opinions.
But there are some times when well-meaning friends aren’t that helpful. There are some times when “that kind word” is better left unsaid.
The following is a snapshot excerpt of the upcoming book…
Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love – Chapter 6: Can I Ask You A Question?
So many times, well-meaning friends say things to people in the midst of their struggles that simply don’t help! They say things like, “Just let go and let God.” Or, “You know, God works all things for the good for those who love him.” Or even, “What do you think God is trying to teach you through this trial?” They think they are pointing the suffering person back to God but often they end up raising accusations, both against God and against their hurting friend.
Sometimes, there is nothing left to let go of. Sometimes, it isn’t God who is working in their situation and there is no apparent good to be found. Sometimes, we suffer at the hands of the Accuser. Sometimes, the only lesson to be taught is that we live in a broken and fallen world, where things are not as the Father desires for us.
Reckless Pursuit is currently being prepared for publishing. It will be made available to the public early this fall. Keep coming back here for more updates and teasers.
I’ve never been a morning person. I would much rather stay up late, sleep in and get my day going shortly before lunch but the world just doesn’t function that way…and neither does my 4-year-old! So, every morning, I wake up get my kids going, take them to school, pick up the house and head into the office. By the time I arrive, I’ve already been up somewhere close to three hours but I’m still not alive. I say my “Hello’s” and head straight for my office to get my coffee going. Once that first cup is down, my eyes perk up a bit and I’m ready to go.
I’ve gotten to where I love this process. I still don’t care too much for mornings but I love what comes with them. Little moments with my family that quickly lead me to interactions with some of the best people in the world. Friends that I get to partner with for the advancement of the Kingdom. People like this guy!
Tuesday mornings are my favorite. It’s when our staff descends on my office. We share life, make plans, encounter our God and laugh – a lot. These are my people and I thank God for them!
Take a look at what I get to walk into every week and you’ll understand. Click on this link and go to the video entitled “Staff Meeting.”
Do you have friends like this? People who know you inside and out and love you anyway? That’s the best description I could ever use to talk about the amazing staff I get to work with every day at Journey.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. There is not complete acceptance with them. In fact, quite the opposite! There is constant harassment. They tease me about my archaic paper calendar, about my bullet point personality and about my desire to plan things months in advance.
But don’t start feeling sorry for me. I get my jabs in as well. Believe me, there is plenty of harassment to go around!
The truth is, when I get up in the morning, I can’t wait to get to the office. To share life with them. To laugh. And to simply see what might happen next.
I could tell you about what really goes on in our 2-3 hour Wednesday staff meetings…but that might be going too far! Instead, just click on this link:
and take a look at what happened a few months ago behind the scenes as we made a video about Journey Lorena (our new church plant). It is truly a joy to walk beside the people of God every day.