“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Best Is Yet To Come...
It was about 10 PM on Sunday night and I found myself in Waffle House with 3 of my kids and some pretty awesome friends (who are really blurred into more like family at this point). So as the long day was beginning to wind down - we ordered. The smell of the stovetop and hashbrowns filled the air. The laughter of friends echoed throughout the small building. The sound of Merle Haggard played on the jukebox. What a day it had been. My son fell asleep just as his pancakes arrived. My daughter asked if it would be appropriate to stand on the bar and sing Taylor Swift - we all agreed it would be just fine - but as her middle school anxiety kicked in - she declined.
It had been a day of going to church, singing Christmas songs, celebrating the Savior's birth, lighting candles, watching a children's play and many other small events filled in the gaps. But what struck me most about this day was the time we spent sitting at Waffle House. I'm not saying that this was the most important part of my day (it was not) - but it might have been the most impactful part of my day.
You see - it was a small group of people who decided that after serving together for almost 12 hours it wasn't time to go home just yet. It wasn't time to depart each other's company just yet - no it was time to finish off the day with some "covered and smothered" from Waffle House.
This is the part that I've tried to reflect on as I think about what is 2019 going to look like. What are the plans that need to be made? What are the jobs that need to be accomplished? What problems will raise up? Who will cross my path? What will God do? All of these seem to just drift away as a continue to process my Waffle House Christmas Hangover. Why? Glad you asked...
“I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.” “You don't need a plan; you just need to be present.” “Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice.”- Bob Goff
Reflecting on this year...
When I think about what really matters most to me... I'm surprised that it always involves being with people. I guess that's part of my personality. I also look back and see that my hardest moments also involve people. So maybe it's not my personality or yours - maybe this is a fact because we are PEOPLE! The truth is that we are surrounded by people - we are around people we don't know and others that we do - everywhere we go there are more people. So I should be surprised that when I look back - people are involved.
As we all take the time to look back and reflect on this year - what will we say? Let me help guide that conversation for a moment... 1) What victories took place for you and your family this past year? 2) What are the failures that you will need to overcome? 3) What milestones did you surpass in 2018?
Make a list, write your answers down - it will help if you do!
It's time to look ahead...
Sitting at Waffle House has a way of making you think about things that you didn't think you would think about. But here's what I realized surrounded by friends and family after a long day - God's desire is to work through you!
It doesn't matter where you find yourself in this moment or where you will find yourself in 2019... it really doesn't matter what happened in 2018 - the most important thing is that God wants to work through YOU in 2019.
“Love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.” - Bob Goff
So whether you are at Waffle House at 11 PM after a long day of church - don't miss out on the moments that God is working through you and working through those around you! Let's look forward to what God is already doing ahead of us in 2019! May God bless you and keep you moving forward!
18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. 20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
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