I woke up on New Year’s Day with a melancholy attitude. We had a bowling date with the young adults (14-25 years old) to go bowling. We got to the bowling alley and it was…CLOSED!

My melancholy attitude almost went farther south when the alley was closed. Did I mention some random guy walked up to my car while I was in deep depressing thought and said, “Hey buddy, can you get me some gas? I just ran out and I don’t have any money.”

Great dude, you’re out of gas and that’s my problem HOW?

All eyes are on me. The young adults, “What’s he going to do?” 

I went for the gas. Upon return, the smile on the guys face was worth it. He says, “God bless you. I live in Loudon and attend the church that is next door. If you ever need anything and you’re in Loudon, I’m your man.”

Things began to look up. Something lifted my spirt a bit. Melancholy began to fade.

Quickly we devised a plan to come back to the parsonage with them to watch a movie. We have more people in our living room, about double the capacity, than it was designed to hold.  

Now we are all watching a Christian comedian…together.

I didn’t feel like doing any of this. I didn’t want to be around people. I didn’t want to go bowling. I didn’t want to go get gas for my new friend. I wasn’t particularly prepared or desiring to entertain a group of people in my living room. But I am…and it is making a difference. 

There is a reason that Christians are meant to be a community that is CONNECTING, GROWING and SERVING…TOGETHER. Jesus knew it was for our benefit and He continually uses it to teach me more about Himself.

I need other people. You need other people. People who are learning to follow Jesus together, even when we don’t feel like it. Even when the day seems gray.