Galatians 6:10 says,
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of faith.”
For three weeks now I have been dragging myself around, moaning because I am experiencing neck problems yet again. What makes it worse is that I got injured stretching at the gym—who gets injured stretching?!
It’d be so easy for me to slide into that world of 'Woe is me' because of all the 'I cant’s' in my life right now: I can’t exercise, I can’t go shopping (which actually makes my husband, Q, happy) I can’t lift anything heavier than a small bag because my left shoulder starts to throb, I can’t move around much because I start to have spasms and pain. The medication does not help much at all. Degenerative Disc Disease which is Osteoarthritis of the Spine, seems to be my problem.
I’d planned a dinner prior to my set-back and my sweet husband asked if I wanted to go forward with the dinner as I was in so much pain.
I didn’t want to cancel as it is so hard to sync calendars due to our overloaded schedules. People today are on an endless spiral of spinning from one activity to the next–busyness reigns supreme! I wanted to have what I call a“No Purpose, On Purpose”gathering with some of my dear friends. It ended up being “a blast” as one of them stated. We had dinner, played games, listened to old school music and laughed. It was so relaxing, cathartic and therapeutic to look each other in the face, to listen intently without feeling a need to rush them to the end of their thought and to enjoy a time of celebrating just being together. The world says idleness is over-rated, I say spending time is under-stated because it is so desperately needed.
God made us for community. He created us for His plans to love us, to love Him, and to love others. He further, wanted us to love each other and to share our lives in fellowship with others. We need each other to thrive and to survive. Friendship, encouragement and fellowship are nourishing to our soul, invaluable to our mind and invigorating to our health. Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
Acts 2:42-46 says, “The Saints, devoted themselves to sharing the Word, meals and prayer–fellowshipping in each other’s homes.” In Galatians 6:10 we are instructed to, “Be kind to everyone especially to those in the Family of Faith.”
It’s okay to “Stop the world” and spend quality time without having a quantitative reason!
Cynthia Jones is a child of God, wife, mom and Shazzy Fitness guest blogger. Cynthia has led several Women’s Ministries for over 30 years; she and her husband serve all over the country, mentoring and teaching couples how to love & grow according to God’s design for Christian marriage.