Nancy and Gail sat next to each other at a table last week. When Nancy told Gail we were going to be driving from Colorado to Indiana, Gail told her to check the weather forecast.
“My kids were coming for a retirement party,” Gail said. “But there’s a blizzard coming through Nebraska.”
And we left for home a day earlier than planned. In that day, we had 40-mile-an-hour winds, snow, some icing on the road, a temperature range of 31 to 82 to 40, severe thunderstorms, and bright sun.
If Gail hadn’t said something, we might have gotten stuck.
It’s a reminder that as we sit at tables and we have relevant information, we have the opportunity to share it.
Paul wrote to one group of people, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Often we take that internally. We work hard to think better thoughts. But it was a letter Paul was writing to a group. He wanted them to look out for each other, to care about each other. And I’m pretty sure that he was interested in helping them encourage each other.
When we sit together and we talk about what is false, what is ignoble, what is wrong, what is impure, what is unlovely, what is not worth admiring, we get stuck. We are as adrift as Nancy and I would have been just a few hours later than we drove through North Platte, Nebraska.
But Paul invites us to help each other not get stuck.
Gail cared about our well-being. I care about yours. You can care about others.
Talk about noble things today.