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This week at Bethel (I'm a seminary student in a distance program there), I had the chance to crash in a house with 7 grown adults living in it (there were only two showers and three toilets). All members of the same church. What amazed me more than anything was the level of sincerity they demonstrated as they interacted with each other and me. Can you imagine living in a home where you get asked how your day was 6 times?
To take things a step further, the city they live in prohibits street parking in the winter and including me there were 8 cars. The garage and driveway only hold 6 cars. As their guest, two members of the house volunteered to park their cars at their place of work and ride their bikes back and forth. Did I mention the warmest it ever got was 40 degrees?
Needless to say, this experience has renewed my interest in doing relationships in Christ well. I felt loved, I felt served, I felt included. I am guessing all of us can do a better job to provide this kind of community for our those around us. When was the last time you inconvenienced yourself for another in the name of Christ?
I'm away from the fam at Bethel Seminary this week studying the minor prophets. The class is great, but it's pictures like this that remind me where I'd rather be right now. In this picture, Cal's shirt says Hi. I'm new here. and I have been unable to stop laughing about it. Aside from the onezie with a tie, this might get my vote for best baby outfit.
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