Archive - June, 2016

Hiding

hidingWhere are you hiding?

As children, we all loved the game hide and seek. But what if we stayed hidden so well no one ever found us? The game would lose appeal fast. We didn’t really want to hide so well that nobody could ever find us.

As we grow older things happen to us. People are betrayed, passed over, and sometimes even traumatized. Through these experiences, we learn to hide. Our hiding places are many: Screens, food, work, charities, hobbies. None of these are bad. Only when they become our hiding place do they end up being shelters against risk, relationship, and (most of all) connectedness.

What will it take to once again playfully sing out “come and get me”.

Friends help friends

helpFriends help friends. This seems like a simple and true statement, right? But it can be complex. And true? As we use technology to hide, buffer relationships and in many ways medicate our many stresses, one of the first things to fall to the side is our connectedness to each other. When we fall out of connection, we also lose touch with each other’s needs, desires, and dreams. In or disconnected state we lose that twinge, that inner voice calling us to lend a hand, offer a referral, cook a meal, give encouragement.

It only takes small corrections to counter these tendencies. Who will help today?

Encouragement is ours to give

encourageAs we have been preparing to make our big move as a family (you can read more about that here: We are leaving the country) we have been having phone calls and visits with friends to share with them what our move is all about. These have all been so fun. Often it has been a chance to catch up after a long time of being disconnected. Just about the time all the details of moving a family to the other side of the world seems so overwhelming, we have a call with friends that more than makes it all worth it. We had a call like that last night. They (you know who you are and thanks so much) were so excited for us. Thier enthusiasm, encouragement, and care was just the fuel to stoke our resolve.

We have that power. All of us do. We possess just what it takes to encourage someone. In most cases it cost us nothing at all. The benefits to us are that it turns even our largest troubles around in the moment of gratitude and lifts our spirits as we lift theirs.
We don’t have to look far for someone to encourage. Who will you delight today?