While driving home from work today, I was overwhelmed by a feeling within my heart. My fear is that my youngest two children will graduate from high school before my wife and I find a true sense of community. Thus, my prayer, hope and wish for 2017 is find a place where I feel right at home, able to openly share my life with others.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ, Galatians 6:2.
Although it bombed at the box office, the 2015 film McFarland presents an interesting topic for discussion. After getting fired as a football coach, Jim White played by Kevin Costner is forced to take the only job he can find within the city of McFarland, California. The moment Coach White begins to become accepted by the locals, he is offered the position of his dreams. The question is will Jim White exchange a sense of community for financial security? To avoid spoiling the ending, I will let you find out what happens for yourself.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near, Hebrews 10:24-25.
Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to ascertain where you fit in. Unfortunately, a spirit of perfectionism causes many individuals to reject co-workers or neighbors who are searching for a friend. If I knew the answer I would tell you how to connect with a local community. As for now, I am asking the Lord for guidance, insight and a heart willing to embrace where God wants me to be for the next decade.
by Jay Mankus