“We need to do that!”

Sound like a familiar jingle that often runs through your head? Yeah, me too!

What is it about the “tyranny of the urgent” that causes us to lose sight of opportunities that really would make our lives so much richer?

My husband and I have discussed several times that we really should gather together some couples and have a meaningful weekly small group time. You see, this is something we did for a few years, several years ago with a group of seven couples and that was a time of deep growth for each of us. It was also a time filled with some seriously fun memory making!

A few of the men took turns leading the small group time and we learned much about what God thinks of marriage and parenting and we experienced the importance of relationship building with fellow believers. Doing life together really challenged us to share from the heart and we learned that being genuine is freeing.

We all became intertwined in all the right ways. The give and take of wise counsel, praying, laughing, crying and providing accountability caused each of us to experience life more authentically. Planning parties and celebrations together caused life to be more fun and exciting. We also ended up experiencing birthday and graduation celebrations, planning and organizing weddings, as well as supporting and grieving during deaths.

Living life with others truly does make life sweeter.

I remember each couple who was asked to be a part of this group saying it’s just what they had been longing for … which leads to the question, “Who in your life is longing to do life with you?”

This week at church a dear friend and her husband asked hubby and I if we would like to be a part of a small group they want to start – yep, true story, it happened.

Go figure … I was just longing to be asked.

Think and pray about what couples (or friends if you’re single) you might gather together to start a small group. Jot down a list and then start making phone calls. Plan a date and time to meet and discuss the idea over some dessert and coffee. I’m telling you … it will lead to a much fuller life.

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