It seems like yesterday, and yet, I am forming new habits to replace the old ones. Nature abhors a vacuum, you know. So we must be intentional in HOW we fill the open spaces we make in our lives.
Most of the positive filling places come in the form of people:
mentoring a young missionary from England
hosting two missionaries in our home this year
touching the lives of countless of their missionary peers
being available as a neighbor and friend
praying with sweet friends every week at my friend Beth’s house (I love this time more than church time even!)
making intentional time for dear friends (Joanne Heim, I’m talking to you!)
homeschooling our youngest to teach her to read (and our devotional times are PRECIOUS!)
encouraging our other children in their individual pursuits (and trying not to forget to fill out all the paperwork–paperwork is evil)
making our home a place my husband loves to be and come home to after months of stressful days of work
assisting people in their own pursuits by working for and with them
serving our church’s women in various ways–encouragement, prayer and leading crafts again (and doing an encouragement seminar) at our retreat
calling a couple of Tennessee friends and praying with them on a fairly regular basis
talking with my dear friend, Heather, who is my friend who knows me better than anyone else (after 23 years, we get each other)
Helping people with their children, when they have needs
Meeting a friend weekly to exercise
You see? It’s all about people. People matter more than things, more than impressions we give on social media, more than our reputation even. Building real live relationships with real live people is going to turn the tide of complacency and despondency in our country.
I dare you to try it!