A couple of weeks ago I started in on our family journey with Story-ing. I got sidetracked by a great trip to build houses in Tijuana (more on that later), and the catch up of life after the trip. Back to our story of joining God’s story as a family… Our family has continued to go through the Story of God (http://www.gcmcollective.org/article/story-of-god-for-kids/) together for the past three years. Our kids, now 5 and 7, (the 2 year old is beginning to catch on) know a lot from the Story, and often shock us with themes and truths that they are learning. It is fascinating with watch these little people get it.
Living out God’s story as a family the past three years has been a great adventure. Along with praying for our neighborhood, we began getting to know the families that live around us. We don’t have an agenda, and the goal is not to be “missional” but to learn what it means to love our neighbor as ourselves. Having the kids in school across the street has been great. We have a chance to get to know their friends, along with the parents, and to be involved in the lives of others in the neighborhood. This fall I had an opportunity to coach Moriah’s soccer team and Anna is getting to be Moriah’s Brownie leader. None of this sounds very significant on it’s own, but after 3+ years of being in the neighborhood, friendships are building and things are happening. I am often reminded of Connie’s (founder of www.teleios.org) words a few months before his passing:
“Our presence in this world is powerful because God is in us! Just by building friendships and relationships, not even by speaking the name of Jesus, we are carrying out the work of Christ. Salvation is our opportunity to live life on earth as Christ lived. “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) Eternal life begins today. Know God and continue to build friendships with others. As you do that the whole world will be changed.”