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What Does Doing Life Together Mean?

September 27, 2009

I came across this quote from the book  Boundaries, by Drs. Henry Cloud & John Townsend. It’s a great description of what  “Doing Life Together” means…

“We all need more than God and a best friend.  We need a group of supportive relationships.  The reason is simple: having more than one person in our lives allows our friends to be human.  To be busy. To be unavailable at times.  To hurt and have problems of their own.  To have time alone.  Then, when one person can’t be there for us, there’s another phone number to call.  Another person who may have something to offer.  And we aren’t enslaved to the schedule conflicts of one person.  This is the beauty behind the Bible’s teachings on the church, the body of Christ.  We’re all a group of lumpy, bumpy, unfinished sinners, who ask for help and give help, who ask again and give again.  And when our supportive network is strong enough, we all help each other mature into what God intended us to be.”

Here’s how The Message puts it from Ephesians 4:2-3: “I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.  And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.  You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.  You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all.  Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.”

-Todd B.

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