“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2
After years of giving personality, gifting, and love language tests to students, friends, and family, I am convinced that God genuinely made each of us unique. I’m always taken back by the way opposites attract. Do we actual crave the sane in our lives and thus go after relationships that balance us? Do we really need each other? Leaving friends and family has left a gaping hole in our hearts. At times, this winter brought loneliness for all of us here on the mountain. But a breath of fresh air blew through The Wolf Lodge this summer. We were pleasantly surprised with the swarm of activity that brought dear friends and family up our way for times of sweet fellowship.
Though I truly enjoyed each visitor, reality is, entertaining is a lot of work; the continual influx of meals to prepare, sheets to change, and conversations to have can make one want to shut the doors and hang a closed sign on it! I hear an Amen resounding from all the moms out there!
Now that the summer has past, and I’ve had some time to reflect, I can honestly say, this was a sweet summer. A life motto kept floating about my brain when the laundry mounted and housework beckoned to be done once again.
“People may not remember what I say, but they will remember how I make them feel.”
I know beyond a doubt, each person we have seen come through our doors this summer is absolutely beautiful and so dearly loved by us and God. They have filled a lonely void that was felt through the cold winter months. They, or quite possibly it was you, are a gift. We treasure your friendship. We need your friendship. But that does not negate that relationships are work, be it hospitality or pressing through misunderstandings, its work, but oh so worth it at the end of the day.
Every day matters
Every minute matters
So spend it with eternity in mind.
“I judge all things by the price they shall gain in eternity.” John Wesley
This, I believe, is living life in its fullest. Giving ourselves relational to whoever comes across our path. May we be reminded of what really matters for eternity at each crossroad. Thank you God for the dear people you have placed in our lives. Show us that they are really something special to you, and help us to treat them just so.
Believe it or not we did get a bit of work done on the house in between visits from our guests. I’ll leave you with a glimps of the progress.