This weekend was busy - Confirmation/Youth overnight retreat, church, lacrosse game, and my mom and stepdad in town. By the time Sunday night came, I was tired. But, I got in the car and drove up to the church because Sunday nights at 5 p.m. during Lent we are having At the Table and In Conversation at Greenland Hills UMC. I didn't want to miss our first night as we talked about our belief in God. Yes, there were other places I could have been. Yes, there were other places that I wanted to be (the couch). But, I felt called to be at the church, sharing and learning with folks. I am so glad that I went. We drew our image for God, and I was so blessed by what other folks drew. A tree, a sun, birds flying, and I drew a lap. When I imagine God I see a lap that I can crawl into where I feel safe and warm, loved and protected. I was so blessed by hearing how others view God. When other people share why they believe, it helps me to remember why I believe.
A few years ago I felt overwhelmed but I knew that once a particular project was completed, life would get back to normal. But, after that project there was another project. And throw in kid sport seasons, and it feels like there is no time to simply sit and be. Sunday night gathered around tables with people from the church that I love, that challenge me, that make me better, I tried to simply sit and be and listen and learn from others.
During Lent I am blogging on Wednesdays and writing about following my heart, my calling, being or becoming who I am meant to be, who God created me to be, who I was put on this earth to be (thanks to Tesa Golden from Greenland Hills UMC for her original Facebook post about this). So, as I think this Lent about honoring the sacrifices of Jesus, I want to show love, forgiveness, kindness, and be more like Jesus. As Tesa said, "I want to SEE others and have them SEE me by letting my light shine."
In order for me to see others and have them see me, I have to show up. I have to listen and learn from other people. I saw a TED talk this week that has continued to rattle around in my brain. It is Megan Phelps Roper sharing about growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church. She talks about how we have to talk and listen to people we disagree with. Here are her takeaways: 1. Don't assume bad intent. 2. Ask questions. 3. Stay calm. 4. Make the argument.
Shining my light today means that I am blessed to learn from others. #ThisLittleLightOfMine