Community is one of the most rewarding and yet challenging parts of Christianity. God calls us into community with other believers in order for us to be challenged, encouraged and exhorted. We all have experienced the joys of community: celebrating a loved one’s milestone, laughing and breaking bread together, or sharing the bittersweet moments of hugs and comforting words during sickness or funerals.
BFF’s, do you know where this shortcut stands for? Best Friends Forever. I teach 7 graders and this BFF thing is not something small. It is a big deal in the lives of children, teenagers, and even adults. The knowing of belonging to someone as a friend, a best friend, having friends in your class, at sports, in church. And for girls, it’s a much bigger issue than it is for boys. Women are more sensitive, we often feel more insecure. We are very social beings, we like to interact and do things together. When you go shopping with a friend, you can talk all day long, when you have dinner with your husband it can be quiet after 15 minutes. Women even go to the bathroom together.
“I just can’t believe it! Look at her, she can sing, dance and looks gorgeous! Some people just have it all! While others…..while I….”
Sounds familiar? Well, it shouldn’t, because no one is your competitor.
So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
Today it is claimed that you must have the same role, otherwise, you are not equivalent. Yet this way of thinking is not Biblical. Let’s look at what our Father says about this.
What comes to mind when you think of your father? What was he like? Do you have fond memories of a loving childhood or do you rather not think about it? Father God is unlike any earthly father.
Why is it so hard to act out Christ’s love to the ones we care about most? Whether it be a spouse, parent, sibling, or even your own child, the ones closest to our hearts always seem to be the hardest to love. Mother Theresa was once asked what one could do to promote world peace. She responded: “Go home and love your family.”
Probably many of you grew up being sisters and already master the art of being one. But maybe there are some of us, who feel like we don’t always remember how to be a sister and how to build each other up. Do you feel like you could grow in sisterhood a bit more?
When I read the Old Testament stories in the Bible I see it like a movie in my head. As was the case last week when I was reading in 1 Samuel 25, the amazing story of Abigail. An intriguing woman.
I would usually start a blog post with some enticing story or hookline. But when you’re feeling broken…
When there’s a thirst. When there’s a longing. When it feels like someone sucker-punched you in the chest or placed a 50 pound weight over your lungs… You don’t want enticing stories or a hookline. You want relief. And I don’t blame you.
It is with some reluctance that I start writing this blog on forgiveness, because it is not an easy subject to write about. I do not know you personally. It’s much easier when we know one another’s personal stories and look each other in the eye and then, when there is trust, speak about how essential it is to forgive. To address this important topic can easily offend someone, because it touches painful issues and maybe you say: ‘Hey … you don’t know what I’ve been through and what he or she did to me.’