Sunday, March 08, 2009

Jeremiah 1:1-10, Psalms 24 & 29, 1 Corinthians 3:11-23, Mark 3:31 – 4:9

In the readings for today a particular line struck a chord with me. That line is from Jeremiah 1: 7 “…for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.” I find this idea has been even more prevalent in my life the past couple of years as I have begun my college career. When I moved away from home, I realized that it was on me to meet new people and make new friends. At first, it seemed like an intimidating task to go up to someone I had never met before and just introduce myself and start a conversation. Often, I would just think that the person was already “connected” and in some social group. But even not knowing if this was the case, and because I wanted to get to know him or her better, I’d take a chance and start the conversation. Sometimes I found that they weren’t in any social group at all. And after talking to many new people, I found that every conversation left me with a new story, a new idea, and sometimes a new friend. One of my now friends came up to me the other day, and she said, “You were the first friend I made at school.” This may seem like a mundane thing to say, but once you’re at school, it seems that friends become like family; I realized that her saying that meant that by me simply starting a conversation with her, she made a friend at school and became more comfortable being away from home. I realized that God puts conversations and people in my life always with a purpose, even if at first I can’t see that purpose.

--CRP

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