Spiritual Habits: Meeting Regularly
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – When Evan was still in diapers, we were teaching a bible study at Peachtree Corners Baptist, full of wonderful people. They were an energetic bunch, always ready to talk about the topic du jour. We loved meeting with them every Sunday.
During that time we moved to a home we built in Duluth. There was a lot of stuff to move that was not mover friendly. You know, the little stuff that would take all day one or two things at a time. Kris and I loaded up our minivan and hauled the first load over from storage. It took forever to take it from the storage room, down the hall, out to the car, and once there, from the car, through the garage, up the steps, into the house. I must have walked 3 miles with that first load. Frankly, I was tired and discouraged when I got in that night. Fortunately, Evan’s little smiling face was the first thing I saw when I walked back in the house.
The next evening we did the same thing and was able to get another load from the storage facility to the new house. That night, Kris and I were even more tired and discouraged. Once again, Evan’s little smiling face greeted us when we got home and fell into the couch.
A wonderful, beautiful thing happened the next day. About 10 couples from our Bible study showed up in their spacious minivans to help. I am no rocket scientist, but I am pretty sure that 20 people can do ten times as much as me and Kris. Within just a few hours they had moved all the small things as well as everything else except the biggest pieces of furniture. I gladly ordered pizza for everyone.
There were may opportunities that group took to bless others in the class. In fact, every small group or Sunday school class we have ever been in has made it a habit to be there for each other in the big and the small. Those are the type of events that I believe mold a “bunch of people”, into a “family”. Having the opportunity to be blessed by a group, or be a part of a group that does the blessing, is special.
Who better to show love to others then a bunch of Christians?! After all, didn’t our Saviour give us a great example of loving others? He told us to love God, and to love our neighbors. One of the many great things about Christ is He practiced what He preached…and then He loved us enough to die in our place….
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)