Do Hard Things: Go Together
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
This weekend was life giving. Twenty women gathered in central Texas, traveling days (from Washington state or Minnesota or California or Florida) or minutes from South Austin. We are all single foster moms, and we spent 48ish hours sharing stories, laughing at the absurdity of our lives, crying at the heaviness and loss of foster care, being spoiled by so many, and eating all the Texas food. (Shoutout to my lovely sister Emma who served us tirelessly all weekend and made the experience warm and homey.) I have so much to say about this weekend, and so much to process. But for now, I want to say this: I am immensely grateful that in hard callings, we go together.
God didn’t create us to go it alone, any of it. Or any of us. We are made to need each other—for survival and for flourishing. We see Jesus in each other, and we see our need for Jesus in each other, too.
Many of us shared this weekend how we’ve been named martyrs or saints by our communities. “You are just the best person for doing this for these kiddos!” or “I could NEVER do that!” Both awkward and sometimes flattering, these sayings aren’t true. We aren’t holier or less emotional or made of sturdier stuff. But we do know the need, and we can’t not do something about it. And now, we know we aren’t the only ones.
The joy and the delight of being in community with one another is spurring one another towards good deeds. Holding each other’s arms up as we reach them out to others. Pouring love and life and truth into those who are drained beyond belief by the circumstances of their lives. What a joy! What a privilege to encourage one another towards the fullness of God’s calling on our lives.
“Lord, thank you for the people you have put around me. My neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends. Give me boldness to speak encouragement, be a listening ear, show up with a meal, or ask for help when I need it. You have chosen me to spur my people on to your good deeds, and may I not miss out on that joy! Amen.”