A week into 2014 I have realized there are some resolutions I missed out on making. I should have said I would clean out my pocketbook from all the Christmas receipts and empty candy wrappers. And I should have committed to brushing my kids teeth daily. Or at least every other day would be pretty admirable.
But I did make some personal goals that I hope to keep.
The new year seems to bring refreshment. A new start. A time to begin again. Almost a second chance on what we missed out on last year.
For Countryside, our resolutions (or as we prefer to call it, vision) is just a continuation of 2013. A building-block of sorts.
The words that have come to the surface of our minds and hearts when we talk about this year are relationship and discipleship.
Relationship has always been primary to this ministry. We moved here knowing that was a focus. We knew that in order to show love wholly, fully, genuinely to people we had to get to know the people.
Up close and personal.
Get all up in their business.
This is, afterall, what Jesus did. He dined with sinners. He touched the ill. He taught the unworthy.
And in order for people to know we care, they must get to know us. We must be intentional about this.
The past six months have been full of getting to know people and getting a feel of the environment. Getting our feet on the ground after moving to another state and getting emerged in a new church. We have had our events and worked our butts off, but now is the time to go deeper. To get all up in their business.
You see, that’s where it gets dirty and that’s where it gets real. That’s where the real-talk takes place and the heart comes out. We want to get to the heart of the matter. The heart of the behavior. The heart of the sin. The heart of the tears. The heart of our neighbor.
And those neighbors who are saved, let’s dig deeper together. Let’s serve together. Let’s pray and sing and love together.
The best way for us to do this is to have a designated night weekly where we invite a neighbor over for supper. They know us now and we feel many will take us up on this invitation. It seems that conversation flows a little more freely over a warm meal around a loving table. May it be so.
And one day I’ll get around to cleaning out my pocketbook and brushing the kids teeth–after we love on our people as a family around the dinner table.