We’re obsessed with giving and receiving presents, in our society. Birthdays, holidays, significant milestones, etc. We have so many opportunities (or obligations, depending on our outlook at the time) for presents.
Sure the attention may have been on my sister and me, because it was our birthday, but beyond that, I have a crystal clear memory of family members engaged in conversation, laughing, and enjoying each other.
The presents were cool and fun, but the fact that everyone was there, together, made me happy.
They’re talking, sharing, and reaching out to us…but are we really listening? Are we present?
Right now…with a genuine interest in them, their concerns, their issues, their needs, and their situation…and asking how we can help.
Two for the road...
I follow Andy Stanley, Lead Pastor at Northpoint Church in Atlanta. Back in August, he did a six part series on family, entitled, Future Family. Andy is a great teacher, excellent pastor, and his messages are both educational and touching. I love them, follow them, watch them, and rewatch them frequently.
If interested, we wanted to share this series with you, as it fits perfectly well with this topic of "presence of family" and asking "how can I help".
And speaking of birthdays, Happy Birthday to my dear old Dad...celebrating one more trip around the sun, tomorrow, Oct. 29th. Thanks for teaching me, coaching me, supporting me, inspiring me, loving me, and encouraging me. Your presence then and now, keeps me going OneMoreStep every single day...Happy Birthday!