It’s September and it seems as though “life” clicks in again, at a rapid pace. School starts, college starts, change is happening in the air and in many churches, groups start back up again. Exciting times (at least for parents) as everyone begins to learn a new routine. It can also be stressful. Changing grades with a new teacher who may not understand how your child learns; your son/daughter is away from home, on their own, for the very first time, and they’re not calling you every day (although once a week would be nice, right?). Maybe you’re starting a new career now that your children are all in school, or maybe you’re not working anymore because you’ve become an empty nester. Change, although exciting, can be hard. And we live in an ever changing world, where what we once knew, is either no longer accurate, has developed faster than our abilities or the pace is so fast you can’t keep up.
As I was thinking about this I came across something that spoke to me. It’s not new, and since it’s from the Bible, it’s been around for quite a long time. But it has to do with “One Anothering”. Funny term for something so desperately needed today. In the business of our ever changing lives, are we taking time to “one another” each other?
- Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50); Love one another (John 13:34)
- Honor one another (Romans 12:10); Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
- Stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13); Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
- Carry each other’s burden (Galatians 6:2); Build each other up (1Thessalonians 5:11)
- Be patient, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2); Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
- Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18); Serve one another (Galatians 5:13);
- Spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24); Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
- Do not grumble against one another (James 5:9); Pray for one another (James 5:16)