Wednesday Word 11.20.2019
Acts 2:42-47 New International Version
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
It is our connection to God that sustains us as we walk through this life. It is the connection to each other that helps us determine whether or not we are choosing the best path. We were not meant to be solitary creatures. Sharing our experiences helps us to better make sense of them and learn from them. We put our thoughts and feelings into some kind of order when we share them. Human beings can only see things from where they sit. Everything comes through the filter of our own individual past, present and dream for the future. We need to see from a different perspective to shed light on our own view of the world. We can be lifted by those with whom we are connected and can be an aid to those around us. We are not meant to be alone.
Here is the catch: we are imperfect beings. Effort is required to connect with people. Sometimes, people will disappoint. That is for certain. But, not all the time! Not in every instance! If they do, that’s we learn the most about grace! But, how plain would your sandwich be if you never tried anything but white bread? Vanilla soft serve ice cream may be my favorite, but how would I know if I never tried chocolate? If I never heard someone else’s story? If I never heard myself expressing my experience of the Living Savior out loud? If I never read a commentary or listened to a different interpretation besides my own singular, narrow perspective? How sad that would be? Clearly, everything about the New Testament points us to connection and the potential comfort and joy of fellowship in order to help us learn how to live the best life that we can…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki