For the next four to five weeks, we will be talking about what God has been teaching us. For me, God has been teaching me what true Christian relationships or friendships should look like. In fact, he has really been speaking to my whole family through a book called “So You Don’t Want to go to Church Anymore?”
You see, it is so easy to talk to the people at church, in your home school group, in your neighborhood, or even in your own family about things that don’t really matter - things like the weather, how to win at a game, politics, or sports. But when was the last time that I talked about something that really mattered? When was the last time I talked with my friend at church about what I am struggling with? When was the last time I asked my fellow homeschoolers what I could pray for them about?
God has really been showing me that I need to try to get to know people better and let them get to know me; even though that means that we will see the imperfect side of one another. God has called us as Christians to love one another so much that the others in the world notice our love and want to be in on that, and we can’t show that kind of love or get to know each other by talking about movies, current events, or the weather. We have to talk about real things, like what we are learning, what we are struggling with, and how we are hurting.
The path to real and authentic relationships is not easy. In fact, it is hard and sometimes painful. People will hurt and disappoint you, but that doesn’t mean we should give up! I don’t have all the answers, but I hope that, with God’s help, I can form strong and lasting relationships with some of my fellow sisters in Christ. Will you join me on this quest for real relationships?