I was struck with a very convicting thought the other day…
We have a very dear family that has been in our church family for years and they have just announced that, due to a job change, they will move.
Of course, we all said, “Noooooooooooo!!!”
and then we said, “yay, because we’ve been praying that he would get a job after his job here closed.”
When they announced they were going, one thing kept coming up on facebook…
“wow, what a hole this will leave.”
“your teenage sons are such hard workers, who will take their place?”
“whenever something needs doing, y’all are always willing to help.”
Will anyone miss you when you’re gone?
When there’s a random pool day, she would come and bring the kids…
or just a random picture at a Christmas function at church…
on the complete flip side… about 5 years ago, a family left our church and I ran into them in the grocery store about 6 weeks after they had gone. I said hello and said I had missed seeing them lately. They quipped, “we’ve been gone for 6 weeks and not one person has called or noticed.” I felt so guilty for so long that I had somehow dropped the ball at not making someone feel loved and needed.
But then, a very wise woman helped me realize that I cannot take on all the responsibility for someone’s feelings.
God commands us to “Love one another.” We cannot control how the other person feels.
Watching this family BE a part of our church family has been inspirational. They are just ‘there’. We notice when they are gone because they are mostly there. They reach out and love us in so many ways!
So my task for today…
Have I reached out to the folks that God has put on my mind?
Am I training my boys to be ready and available for anything God asks/requires of them?
Are we, as a family, open to help or even let others help us?
We will miss you, Jones family. Your next neighborhood is gonna be so lucky to get you all!!!