Something to Read:
Romans 12:5-6 The Message
4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.
Something to Think: Fresh Air. – Find the Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name.
Do you remember the classic sitcom Cheers, set in a Boston tavern? Its theme song articulates a very simple message that clearly resonates with us all: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” We want to be known and recognized; we want a place where we belong. However, it seems to me that the place we should be able to go to find a supportive community should be our local church—not the neighbourhood pub!
Let church be a place where knowing your name is a priority for everyone. Whether members meet together in homes, parks, or restaurants, everyone can be part of a group with other individuals who are willing to grow in their faith together, to support one another, to encourage one another, and to celebrate with one another.
Such groups reflect Paul’s desire for believers in Romans 12:4-5. We need people in our lives who are willing to share in the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. No one should have to deal with a disease like cancer alone. No one should have to sit in a hospital waiting room alone while their spouse or child or parent is in surgery. No one should have to stand at an open grave alone. No one should have to go through a divorce alone.
Take a moment to assess the relationships in your life. Who really knows you? Who gets you? What risks do you need to take and what secrets do you need to share in order to improve the quality of your relationships? God wants you to connect to him and to his people and develop meaningful relationships. You‘ll never fully get the wind back in your sails until you do. [Fresh Air reflection adapted from Chris Hodges.]
Something to Pray
Thank you, Lord, for your indiscriminate love that draws us into your arms. Help us to be undiscriminating in our love for others. Amen.
TODAY’S READING: Mark 11: 1 – 11