Someone once told me it's not nice to have favorites when it comes to people. Well...that is unrealistic. I do. Most likely so do you.
However...favorites, to the exclusion of others is neither good nor healthy. That's not where I am at with favorites...no one is excluded...following Jesus' example of even calling one of his 12 disciples "beloved"...the "red letters" tell us of his great love for the other 11...no exclusions. We should all take note with our own list of "favorites."
This "w" word just keeps showing up in almost every encounter.
Thought of it yesterday when being with my wife...as we witnessed, together, the glory of creation.
Thought of it yesterday when out on our hike and talking with some total strangers about the pending birth of a new child...and witnessing their devotion to their daughter...and to this new budding life.
Thought of it last evening when we had two couples over to celebrate the men's graduation from seminary...having witnessed these good men overcome some obstacles that have begun to forge in them character and integrity that could have come no other way.
Thought of it this morning when reading an email from a good and growing friend with whom we celebrated on Saturday the renewal of his and his wife's marriage vows...21 months after their marriage almost blew apart...talk about getting to witness healing grace in deep action!
Thought of it again when reading some more on another good friend's blog about the truly amazing journey he and his family have been on for the past month (read all of his recent blogs to learn some more of the definition of this vital "w" word)...and wondering what will be the impact on their lives and the lives of their kids from all they have witnessed.
Thought of it as I stand here to write some thoughts into the blogosphere. In one way or another it is a word that involves you and me way more than we may realize...Christ-follower or not. Whatever we truly believe to be true in our lives...and thus live out.....you are one of these.......and so am I.
Gratefully...this just in from Richard Rohr's website as we get ready to head out for an early morning hike up in the foothills of the Rockies to go find God (in the OT the inference is that the mountains are the sanctuary of God...so we are going to go looking one more time). The next "w" post will be here tomorrow.
Mike Todd, a man whom I increasingly respect and value and count as a very good friend, and I had a healthy back and forth dialog this week from one of his posts. Then this showed up today from Richard Rohr's Daily Reflections...adding to the importance of what Mike was alerting us to.......
...looking up the word "will" in the dictionary, for the verb form, there were at least seven definitions. Fascinating...as this word has been pounding at my mind, heart, very life for several days now...almost instantly as I wake up. The word..."will"...was there again this morning as I slumbered awake.
Years ago, after being with the executive team of a major mission, and being driving back to O'Hare Airport in Chicago, my young friend who was transporting me made a statement that startled me. In had been an intense and extra significant four days of helping a new leader become acquainted with his new core team.