Don’t try this alone.

I was driving to work, listening to Philip Yancey and Lee Warren conversing on Lee’s podcast. Phil’s working on a memoir. So I started thinking about my own memoir. I thought, “What have I accomplished in the last ten years?” And of course, I mean, what have I accomplished that matters.

The first thing that I wrote as I was driving was “small group.” We have a group of friends that we could call if our life collapsed. We have a group of people we can meet for supper, because we do it almost every Saturday night. We’ve watched family deaths, a wedding, a birth, hospitalizations. We’ve talked about the previous Sunday’s sermons for five years.

I smiled. If the only thing I’ve been part of in the last decade is making Saturday feel empty if we aren’t with our group, I’m pretty pleased.

I kept listening to the conversation. The last question Lee asked was, “What one piece of advice can you offer to someone to help tomorrow be better than today.”

Phil talked about a book which starts, “Life is difficult.” He talked about the fine print warnings in car ads, which read, “Profession driver, don’t try this at home.” He said, “Because it is difficult, life should have a label like that.” He said it should read, “Don’t try this alone.”

rob and meNow I laughed. The very thing I had just realized mattered so much was the thing Yancey identified as essential. He’s got credibility. He’s wrestled with questions about pain and God and suffering for thirty years of books.

I’m not a relational person. I’m introverted and more task-oriented than I let on. But I know that I need to be with people, that that it is in our love for each other that we obey Jesus.

I hope you find some together time this weekend. Because we can’t do this alone.


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