things on my mind this week.
1. people like to define you by your relationships.
I started the new position this week with the job. it takes me to a new store with new people to learn. One of the important things in the first couple weeks there is to establish relationship. It makes it a lot easier when it comes to having to be the “boss” about something. Every person I have had a get to know you conversation with has within a question or two asked me my relationship status. I was thinking about that some today. And how much our relationships define us. Both positively and negatively. I think back to when I was in my early teens and my mom reminded me that I am who I surround myself by. As a single person in my late 20s I do not define myself as easily as the some of my peers. I am not married and have no children. But with all pride I can say that if the relationships in my life define me, then I like very much who I am. I have a wealth of friends from all different walks of life whom I love very much and love me too. In my head I like to play the scenario of being asked about my relationships and listing each friend and what I love about them, also the accompanied look of confusion by the person asking the question.
2. All people of faith should become farmers.
No, not literally. But, it would certainly help in our understanding of what God does in and through us. I moved into a house in the city this past fall. This is the first place I have lived in with enough of a yard to make any kind of garden in. I began at the end of February planting seeds in a little inside starter kit. In 7-10 days I began to watch them sprout. Last week they went outside for the first time to get used to the weather. In the next few weeks they will be planted in the ground and in a few months I will have beans, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, and herbs. This is really something magical. No wonder Jesus used so much imagery of seeds and crops. There is patience and hard work that goes into crops. There is tilling and fertilizing and weeding to be done. I can’t help but look at these little seedlings and see myself in them. Potential and fragility, with roots much stronger than I can tell from looking at the surface. If we aren’t all to have farms we should at least have a house plant or two.