2020 has been maxed with enough shifts & pivots to make your head spin. But 2020 has also been packed with much opportunity for reflecting, lamenting, learning and doing. After months of being socially distanced, it's apparent to both extroverts & introverts how desperately we need each other. Over the next 6 weeks, let's revisit what God says about living out life with one another. No, we can't go back to our previous definition of normal but take heart, there's something greater than normal; there is better. Together, let's get back to better.
Better is love and love is a verb. "How" we love one another mirrors our love for God. If love does, how are we doing?
Better means doing the hard stuff that doesn't come easily or naturally. Confession & forgiveness top the list of hard to-dos. Whether you've been wronged or done wrong, making things right takes guts and a healthy dose of humility, but making it right also makes us better.
Better is far more than ebony & ivory living together in harmony as next-door neighbors on a piano keyboard. God's plan for harmony lives outside of 88 keys. His plan, his redemption, his promise is for one race - - - the human race which is filled with beautiful harmony and essential diversity.
Better is recognizing the need and weightiness of those around you. It's an "eyes wide/ears open" commitment to get-over-yourself and be present to those strategically placed in your path each day. Better is lessening the weight of another's load.
Better happens in smaller community, and the even better-better typically happens around a table or a fire. Better means extending yourself to one another. Whether you have much or little is irrelevant. Better is welcoming others into your life & into your space just as you are & just as they are.
Better is being for one another. We're all meant to be cheerleaders, rooting each other on in our unique giftedness and calling. Better is coming alongside and urging each other to keep running, stay the course and chase hard after Jesus.