Recently I've been thinking a lot about hospitality, generosity, and being part of a community that loves and supports one another. Partly it's because we spent the weekend with our friends JJ and Amber, whose lives and words always challenge me in that regard. Also because of a few instances recently that reminded me that most people don't do crazy things like loan their cars out for 6 weeks.
Being part of a community that does just that has transformed who I am. It's a demonstration of the extravagant love of Christ already received. It's also a proclamation of detachment from things and attachment to heaven.
JJ sent us this video today. This guy wears his hair and lives out his faith in a way that is different than mine. So does JJ actually. I'm coming to appreciate those differences deeply as they stretch and grow me. It reminds me that I need people in my life whose strengths reveal my weaknesses and whose ideas and lives inspire me. I'm praying that God will open the door for relationships like that in Charlotte, too.