Just finished our 30 minute walk this morning and what a blessing it was.
1st) it was a cool 59 degrees when we left the house - wonderful.
2nd) we decided to walk a different route this morning in order to pick-up more trash since the route we'd been walking is looking very good. Unfortuately, there was a LOT of trash along the way and our bag was getting full. We passed one house where the woman who lived there was standing by the curb talking to another woman in her vehicle. We passed them and said, "Hello" and got a little way past and she hollered at us. When we turned around she said, "Do you have quite a way to go?" I said, "Yes, a little bit." She said, "Here, let me take that stuff from you and throw it in my garbage since you are being so nice to pick up trash as you go." We took her up on that offer!! Her name was Myrtle.
3rd) as we were coming up the opposite side of our own street, about a 1/2 block from home, a young man was out installing a boom box speaker in his trunk. He saw us and said, "Do you need help picking up trash? I'll help you." We told him thanks but we were almost done and home. He said his name was CJ and if we ever needed any help, loading something heavy, or whatever, just know on his door and he'd come help us!!! When I commented about how nice that was he said, "I love to help the elderly."
So we not only had our cool walk, got our 30 minute walk, made our neighborhood look a little neater AND made 2 new "friends" today.
My fb friend Joseph Watson had just posted these words this morning:
"our english word for church comes from the greek word 'ekklēsiā,' which means 'called out.' how ironic, then, that the greek thinking at the heart of western culture has given us the concept that church is about going IN to a building for a scheduled service and not about going out. wherever two or more are gathered in his name, there he is in the midst of them.
I thought about having just read this before starting this walk. I believe little things we can do "outside our walls" and sometimes even "outside our comfort zone" applied to that being 'called out".
What do you think?