Three of our four kids (spouses included) are school teachers. Two teach in Killeen and one in Burleson. We agreed to keep their kids while parents prepare for another year in their classrooms.
Phyllis and I took all five grandkids to a drive-in movie. I loved listening to their conversation. It was loud, continuous, and punctuated with laughter. It brought joy to my heart and reminded me of church life.
Our oldest granddaughter, Kendall (13), patiently listened to our youngest grandson, Paxton (5). She has little in common with him yet made sure to make space for him where she was sitting and gave him her undivided attention.
Our middle grandson, Brayden (9), adores Kendall. He thrives on their interaction. Again, while having little in common with him, Kendall affirmed him through her willingness to spend time with him, to listen to his stories, and to answer his seemingly endless questions.
Healthy churches are made up of people from every generation. We interact with and engage one another. Sometimes we have little in common, but like my grandchildren we affirm each other through our obvious desire and willingness to spend time together.
Remember, we are family and we should function as such. I challenge you to intentionally connect with others each and every week. Spend time together. Listen intently to the stories people share. Ask questions and answer the questions posed to you.
We are healthiest when we purposefully share life together. Small groups offer an effective way to connect with others. If you are not involved in one of our many small group opportunities I challenge you to find one this Sunday. You can do so easily with a visit to our information table in the foyer.