Monday, September 7, 2015

the connect

Right now in my little corner of the universe, human connection looks like Asher and Zeke-  brothers putting star stickers all over each other's face and giggling.  Last night, connection was over fried chicken and a lot of purple and gold with our LSU-loving friends.  Wednesday, it was an hour and forty five minutes (shocking!) on the phone with Lydia in South Carolina. I think we both woke up a little bleary eyed but with a heart that much more full.    
We were made to connect with one another, to know we are loved and we belong.  Maybe that's even part of the draw of wearing the same colors and gathering at stadiums to cheer on college kids playing a ball game.

This past week I listened to this TED talk twice.
The main idea: allow yourself and others to be who they are- their real authentic selves, help them know they are loved and they BELONG.  They're good enough, they made the team, they're in- no matter what.  We belong to each other but eve more than that, we BELONG to the One who made us, who gave up everything to be with us forever.  To connect.  

Who knew giggles over star stickers could move a soul a little closer to wholeheartedness?  

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, becauseGod is love." I John 4:7-8