She said that too often, we are tempted to go it alone. Those words named a part of me—sometimes it’s just easier to do it myself. Who has time to manage the schedule of others, to wait for just the right time…deal with anybody’s stuff but my own?
But then she said that working with others makes us better. It builds trust and authenticity. We can learn from and inspire one another.
I felt my heart open up to these possibilities. And I decided to accept the challenge.
The Photoplay prompt this month is about more than taking pictures…It is about relationships. So we met at a place in our little town that is famous for just that—a place to be together; to sip a warm mug, peruse a book, and look at art. That’s what Taylor’s Books does—gives a space for folks in our community to connect. On many levels.
As soon as my friend Betsy and I walked in the door, we ran into a friend and mentor in the ministry. He was meeting with a friend for coffee, and the familiar way they were with each other told us this wasn’t the first time.
“He has known me for years,” our friend said. Then he whispered, “And he still talks to me.”
We took a picture of them.
Then someone came up behind me and gave me a big hug—a friend I hadn’t seen for months. She had her laptop and was working on a project, meeting some fellow creatives to brainstorm. The chairman for the Arts Council was getting a cupa joe to go. She introduced herself and gave us some photography tips. It was pretty cool.
We looked at the art in the gallery, smelled a book or two, and talked. We talked a lot.
It’s hard to imagine how being with a friend can open eyes to wonder. It’s hard to imagine how I could forget how good that feels.
A cord of three strands, you know?
In 2012, I’m thinking about budgeting relationships better. It’s a good investment.
How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. And come tell us about it.
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