“Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.” Hebrews 12:14-17 (The message)
In High school I had an incredible group of friends. There were about 7 of us in our group. We were close from about 6th grade up to graduation. Slumber parties, lunches at my place (thanks mom!) so many stories, bike rides, car rides, hide and seek on Main street (with our cars) sledding…you name it. We knew how to have good, clean fun. What was incredible is that within our group we had a Nancy Nazarene (me), a Baptist, three Mormons, a Charismatic and a Catholic. We were all over the map in so many of our beliefs. We had many a discussion around the cafeteria table, but it was always respectful sometimes “agree to disagree” and move on. Never once were our discussions heated. It was so nice to see such a broad view; I had only known “Nazarenedom”. I'm a third generation Nazarene from both sides. Getting some different perspectives was refreshing not dividing.
I just look around at social media or the news these days and wonder where the “work at getting along with one another and with GOD” part went. I pray this week you will work at getting along with those around you and take an extra moment to talk to God each day and work even harder at getting along with Him. May He find us faithful in all we do, say and write.
Notes from the Staff @The Woods