Since this is “Thanksgiving Week,” I’ll be posting about things I’m thankful for all week. Yesterday, I wrote about “home church” and if you missed it, you can read it here.
I love my church! My family moved to Georgetown in March 2006 and I can’t imagine leaving now. It’s been an interesting adjustment for us, for sure. My wife and I grew up in a much larger town, with restaurants and movie theaters and Wal-Marts and everything we could want just minutes from our house. In Georgetown, on the other hand, we’re surrounded by corn fields and it’s a good 30 minutes to the nearest Wal-Mart. There were days, especially early on, when it almost seemed impossible to ever call Brown County home…
But something happened over the past 6+ years… We joined a family.
All of our extended family lives in Missouri, a good 700 miles from our house. When we moved to Ohio, we left behind our entire support system and plunged into a community we knew nothing about. But over time, I’ve discovered people who love us like family. My son has people who love him like grandparents and my wife and I have found new “brothers” and “sisters.” The longer we’ve lived in Georgetown, the more we’ve discovered that God hasn’t just called us to go to church together, He’s called us to be FAMILY to each other. The Kingdom looks like a family, feels like a family and loves like a family. When we hurt, we hurt together and when we work, we work together. We celebrate together and we cry together.
Discovering a family instead of just a “church” has been a game-changer for my family. And for that, I am truly thankful.
This week, wherever you “go to church,” take the opportunity to be family to someone who desperately needs one. It could be the difference between them thriving or just surviving in your community!