We are so blessed to have such an amazing small group! I’ve really been longing for more community–especially in Georgetown–and this definitely foots the bill. It’s a great group of couples all married 5 years or less. We have really had a great opportunity to get to know one another better over the last few months. We’ve had a lot of fun studying some of the series Crossroads is going through, enjoying meals, celebrating, sharing heartache and serving others together.
Last night we finished up a marriage series that Crossroads did for three weeks back in September (yes…we recognize that it’s now November). Yes, it was ONLY a three week series, but with life and Lew and I tying the knot mixed in there, it just didn’t get finished until now. It was a great study and was really good for all of us to ponder the questions posed. The final question last night was “What can I do to improve our marriage?” It really got me thinking a lot about two points I included in my vows I wrote to Lew…
- to figure out a way to have fun each day
- to consider each action with this thought–“How will this grow our marriage and our family?”
I do think about those most every day, but there are days I definitely fail.
We ended with a portion of 1 Corinthians 13 from the Message version. In addition to having post-it’s of those two items above as reminders, we all agreed we needed this posted as well. I pray that we can all take some time this weekend to think through this passage–married or not–and figure out how to love those in your life better. This passage of scripture is so often quoted, but not nearly as often lived out.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.