Family, Friends and You

Drawing a Big Circle around my life includes you!

Circles 1Life and living can be extremely complicated, complex and often confusing as the intersecting pieces of my life meet and cross over each other. Consider that I am an individual identified by this image of a blue circle. I am identified by that blue circle.

What you may not see since I have been married 40 years is that circle includes my sweet bride. We are two who became one before God. (Matthew 19:6) There is no division between us, yet each of us have a different history: our family, friends and you – are different set’s of individuals based upon the different parts and roles of life we live.

Yet we are one. Inseparable.

Circles 1aStart the layering of all of our family, friends, and, you, of course, then our single circle starts to become dissected by all the other circles of influences. If you follow my logic then you can see how my one circle gets overlaid with family, friends, and, you, of course. Sometimes, the circles of connections complement, while others clog. At times the connections are severed, while new ones arrive. Some are enjoyable, others are tolerated, and there are others who we are still waiting to see what their connection will become like.

Okay, snap your magic fingers, and voila’… one connection can easily shift and become a connection of another nature!

Circles 2aCircles 3Life’s connections can often be crude, unfulfilled, and stressful. What we want is the flower of perfect life and living. Our weird intersections of life that we end up with are often confusing.

In a flash, I think of the Apostle Paul where he notes all the occurrences of life – and he wraps up his statements with this statement.

“And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:28 ESV)

Notice his phrase… Daily Pressure. Oh, the pressures of our lives can sometimes be very difficult to handle. Crushing weights. Hard decisions. Questions, questions, and more questions. Few answers. Disappointments. Joy. Pressure.

Sometimes these pressures are tough to handle.

So, back up a little bit from Paul’s statement and look at his earlier life. Before he converted to be a follower of Christ, he ravaged the church (Acts 8:3, ESV), dragging followers to prison and approving of executions. His actions scattered the church, and a miracle occurred. Everywhere the church went they preached the Word!

This made me think, what if every connection to our personal world was not as convoluted as the drawings show, but was viewed as our field of evangelism?

Tortured, forced, complex, desired, enjoyed and dreaded connections. Some really enjoyed, and others really hated. Yet, they each represents a field. Now, think this through with me. Are we accountable to God for how we relate to this connection?

If so, what grade would you give yourself?

French ProtractorOver 45 years ago I remember owning one of the French Protractors. With all the available options you could draw a perfect image. People, Cars, Houses, and all those things you wish you could make just perfect! Everything could be perfect and proportional.

But life is not perfect and we should really think about our responsibility to the imperfect world we find ourselves living in. I want to be a good Godly example to every person I come in contact with. How about you?


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