I know a lot of really good people.
I am so fortunate to say I have been blessed with wonderful friends.
I need friends. I grow and learn so much from my relationships with others.
I want to be a better friend. I think often how I can be more uplifting and more edifying to those around me.
I taught sunday school on Sunday and we learned about Jonathan and David's sincere friendship. They were so loyal to each other because God was first in their lives. Jonathan's words to David:
"behold, the Lord be between thee and me for ever." Samuel 20:23
Isn't that a beautiful friendship scripture?
I am so grateful for the people in my life who put God first and show it through their graciousness and service.
Our relationships, I feel, are the most important most tangible thing we've got here on earth to understand God's love better. People. All God's children. Touching each other in different ways...bringing light, helping, serving, acting as earthly angels. Even the relationships that suck...where there is unforgiveness, cruelty, awkwardness, hurt feelings- still an invite to become more Christ-like and to forgive and change- all ways to help us learn more about Christ.
marriage, families, raising children, friends- major growth happens- at least that is what I'm experiencing.
Learning to love others is the second most important commandment- first is to love God...and yet we struggle so much in this world with forgiving and loving people as we should. We can be so dang difficult to live with- so critical of others, so hard on each other, so hard on ourselves...relationships really are the refiner's fire...
so there you go...my random lawn mowing thoughts...
I asked Chay tonight, "What do you think about when you mow the lawn?"
he looked at me puzzled, "nothing...I think about mowing the lawn."