Alright, I will be perfectly honest. I did not wake up 2 hours earlier this morning. I've been waiting all school year to sleep past 6am, and as much as I love writing, I am not willing to do this. Yet. This link helped me realize how important it is to make writing a daily habit, even if I can't get myself out of bed.
But as I thought about today's challenge, I thought about initiating in another way...initiating friendship.
I learned an important life lesson one day at a MOPS playdate in Houston, Texas.We had just moved to the area and I felt like a hillbilly at a formal dinner. All the women seemed so…accessorized. I was busy chasing around my two boys, who were 4 and 2 at the time and I was pregnant with my third boy! Sweet Lord. I was so lonely at home all day in a new town.
Thank goodness for MOPS. Another mom with a little boy started making small talk with me and said, “Sooo…how long have you lived here?”“Oh, we just moved in a couple of weeks ago from Michigan.”
“Really? Do you have family here?”“Nope. The only person I know is my realtor.” (Insert sad violin music, right?)
She blinked at me for a moment, then said matter-of-factly with a slight southern accent:
“Well, be my friend!”
I could’ve wept into my goldfish crackers. It was the most beautiful thing I’d heard in weeks.I’ve got to be more sensitive to others. I must look around and ask the Lord who needs an arm around the shoulders and a heart that understands. I have to forget what I need sometimes and meet the needs of others.
And the funny thing is, that’s when I become more fulfilled anyway.