As the launch team first starting meeting at the beginning of 2011, one of my main concerns was “Will these people all like each other?” The only common thread with all of them was me and my wife. So my prayer was “Oh, God please let them get along…and more than that, may we build a church family.”
So we are 9 months from our first meeting as a group and 3 months in to the launch of Revive…and you know what? Our relationships are better than I ever could have imagined. It is so awesome!!! While I am close to my family, I can honestly say that these people are my family. Not by blood of course, but by vision, purpose, sweet, tears and living our christian walk together.
I can not tell you how much I love these people. We have each others backs…
we baby sit each others kids
we hang out together…a lot (two ladies, who didn’t know each other until March of 2011 now hang out every Wednesday all day)
we play together…(One guys is really into disc golf and has gotten about 5 of us hooked on the game now)
we influence what we wear…(One lady loves to wear scarfs, and now other ladies like to wear? Yup you guessed it….scarfs)
we pick up on words…(One lady likes to say the word “BOOM”, and that has picked up on a lot of us…even one couples baby)
we influence what we buy…(We have quite few more iPhones and one couple got a MacBook Pro…I like to think I influenced that…lol)
I could go on, but I hope you get the point. We truly enjoy being around each other, oh and I forgot to mention that we all literally live within 5 minutes of each other…seriously…we do.
We are living life together…not just church life…but life, life. I love it.
So this got me thinking about Ephesians 5:1-2 (MSG)
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
We are to watch and then do…but how can we do, if we are not watching. Watching means that you have to be in the presence of God. When you are in the presence of someone constantly, their influence is there and you begin to like a sport you never knew or wear something new or say words like “BOOM!”
If we aren’t in the presence of God daily, then plain and simple we are big trouble because…
WE HAVE TO WATCH WHAT GOD DOES…THEN WE DO