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Monday, August 26, 2013

Community--The way we are made

The first day of school was last week for two of the K's.  This was a little hard for mommy, but the two K's were excited.  I listened as Little K told Princess K what to expect and how to do things as a Kindergartener.  He knows because he's already done that.  She listened intently and asked a few questions...then I heard him say, "Why don't we meet at the flagpole at recess and we can play together."  

Isn't that so cute.  

I loved hearing that even when they aren't at home and forced to be around each other they wanted to play together.  Little K has always been acutely aware of how people feel and what people are thinking.  This conversation brought tears to my eyes.  It made me think of how we are made to need community.  To need relationships.  God doesn't expect us to do life all on our own.  Thank God for that.  


Little K offered Princess K a safe, comfortable recess where she could play with someone who really knows her.  We all like that.  That sounds inviting.

The Lord reminded me of a verse that talks about loving each other.  Loving people is hard sometimes and these two kids definitely have their moments that are hard, but they genuinely love each other.  

Romans 12:9-10 says, "Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."
They often remind me how to genuinely love.  We want to provide that safe, comfortable place for those we love, regardless of if we like them at the moment or's what we are called to do as Christians.  When Little K was just barely 3 we were at a festival and Princess K was sitting in the grass (she wasn't able to crawl yet) and an ATV was driving around helping clean up.  Little K saw this (even though it was far away and Princess K was safe) He believed that she was in danger.  She was a plump little baby and he ran over and heaved her chubby body out of "harm's way."  He was so worried she was about to get hurt that he literally drug her across the grass.  True love, thinking of others more than yourself.
It's not natural, it's God given.
Throughout every morning thus far as Little K and Princess K have been at school, Baby K asks, "Where'd Karrrso and Kahwis go?"  In his cute little voice that mispronounces their names he too loves his community.  I thought he wouldn't miss a beat and maybe would enjoy the peace and quiet, but deep down he'd rather be in community too.  
It's really how we are made.
Our Church Plant, Resonate Church, just celebrated it's 6th birthday on 8/19.  We started this church with the extreme desire that life is better in community...we have seen lives transformed over and over through the gospel and community.  I'm thankful for my family community; me and the 4 K's and my bigger community of Resonate.  I've learned so much about love because of them.  
When I picked up Princess K from her first day I asked her what her favorite part of the day was.  
Without hesitation, she replied, 
"Playing with Little K."

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