Well, the fall is not going exactly as most of us hoped. It isn’t awful but it isn’t the hoped for future we were all pointing to a few months ago. For many the pressure seems to be lower but it hasn’t gone away.
The deal was, things would be more carefree. We put up with a lot so we could relax again. It isn’t as heavy but it is still there. I guess there are no easy solutions. Just verbalizing it can actually help.
In all of this there is still faith. What is God doing, Where is He leading? Well truthfully that hasn’t changed. He is still transforming lives, still loving and leading His people and still teaching us to love.
Love each other, love our neighbors…even our enemies. Just seems harder now. Of course if it was easy and convenient everyone would do it all the time.
You can probably think of more reasons (not) to love your neighbors than before. I know I can. We usually don’t say them out loud but we live them out. Here’s a few of the top hits:
1) Are You Serious with this Right Now?? Are you asking me to go and love and serve my neighbor right now? Don’t you know where we have been? Back to school, back to work.
Plus the controversy, the economy, the drama, the politics, the foreign countries. I don’t know where people stand on all these issues and I don’t want to get into it anymore.
(On a side note all the loud wrangling and division hasn’t solved much but it does seem we have worn ourselves out fighting….is fighting fatigue a real thing?)
These are survival conditions. Walking through the desert with an almost empty canteen. It is easy to feel the lifeboat mentality. I have to take care of me and my crew.
2) The schedule is tight and my capacity is low. Busy? Yep! How did working at home and staying away from work turn into this? Working harder, longer and without any help on the horizon. The kids are busy again too. They can finally do all the stuff we missed. Got places to go and things to do. Maybe we can get to the neighbors later.
Some of our closest neighbors are the ones in our church family. Church neighbors include preschoolers all the way up to adults trying to figure out their faith. These next two "reasons" fit the church world: