Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another.
A popular comedy sitcom known as “Cheers” aired for eleven seasons from 1982 to 1993. Honestly, I didn’t watch the show that often, but I will never forget the theme song of the show. The sitcom and the theme song were about real life and the comfort level we desire to obtain in relationships. Check out the lyrics to “Cheers” theme song:
By and Judy Hart Angelo
Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
You wanna go where people know,
The reason the show and the theme song were so popular was because “real life” was reflected. I guess that’s why the current “reality television” era appears to be such a hit.
This past weekend, I was thinking about real life and real people as I was serving as an intercessor at the LIFE retreat at Church of the Highlands. LIFE stands for “Living In Freedom Everyday.”
I won’t get into the lengthy details of the retreat, but I would highly recommend anyone who hasn’t participated to join a LIFE group and attend the wrap-up retreat. You don’t have to be a member of Highlands to participate.
I have been a participant of two previous LIFE retreats, and this past weekend was my second time to serve on the LIFE retreat team. I must say that this experience was the most moving of all I had been a part of…including my time as a participant.
This time, before each individual segment, there were powerful testimonies shared by LIFE leaders and team members. I don’t think I was alone in recognizing not only a profound presence of the everyone could connect or relate to one or more of them. , but also the capacity to relate to each testimony presented. No one can argue with a changed life. The testimonies were real–
The subject matter of the sitcom “Cheers” translates how we all have issues and so many times, we connect with someone who has been through or who is going through something we have experienced. It also mirrored a comfort level when someone knows your name and wants to be there for you when you are going through a difficult time.
God designed us to be in relationship with Him and with others.
Everyone who has participated in the LIFE program at Highlands understands the incredible impact that will occur when we are vulnerable enough to be open and connect with God and others.
We all have issues. My pastor says that if you don’t think you have issues, then that’s your issue..ha. The only way to grow and learn through our experiences is to be able to reach up to God and reach out to others. Life tends to throw some curve balls, so it’s nice to have a team of brothers and sisters in Christ to support us, love us, and pray with us.
If you are struggling through something whether it is financial, physical, relational, or spiritual, I encourage you to seek God and reach out to others. That place starts with a heart of humility and transparency.
God will direct you to someone you can trust to share what is on your heart. Knowing that others have been there and are cheering for you provides a supernatural peace.
“God intends for us to weave our lives together.” () Be courageous and reach out to others who God has placed in your path. The heart of fellowship builds reciprocal relationships that help and encourage all who take the risk.
Cheers to the gift of fellowship with the Lord and others!
Share your heart….
You never know what impact your testimony will have on another!
God created us to be in loving relationships!
Verse and Message (Week of May 3-9, 2009) May 5, 2009