Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Surrounded

Jody leads a bible study at one of the local colleges on Monday nights. I usually look forward to getting the kids down and then just sitting all by myself. Maybe watching a movie Jody would pass on (like all these cheesy Christmas movies that are on right now).

But you know, we (we all, not just me and Jody) are surrounded by people in need. Just here in our apt building I'm surrounded. Single, lonely moms, adults with special needs, etc.

So, instead of locking the door and ignoring the 5 knocks last evening, when Jody came home I had 2 women in my living room, talking with the Christmas movie in the background. We had a couple from our church over for dinner before the bible study. I met our neighbor and his dog in the hall when I opened the door for Jolene, who sweetly brought me some tacks for my stockings (that she heard me say I needed to put up)...

When the night was over, I was like, what happened here? I didn't get any ME time. Me time is way overrated. I mean, I do need it sometimes, but a lot of times it boils down to being selfish and lazy.

Jody reminded me that we are not here where God wants us so we can just ignore hurting people who need a friend. That is why we are here.

3 comments:

DeeDee said...

Emily,
I'm proud of you for opening your home up last night. I know you wanted the solitude and rest. But remember, the test is on you not them.
love mom

Mr. Dearybury said...

Emily, Being a teacher, I feel like I would love to have five minutes of me time everyday too, but those are the times when I usually see God use me the most...

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