October 11, 2017

Table Talk

By
Julie Denger

By nature, I’m an introvert. When walking into a room, I prefer to come in unnoticed, rather than “make an entrance”! I function best as a “behind the scenes” person; I am most at ease when working hard in the background to accomplish a task.  When in a group setting, I prefer to sit back, let others speak up. It’s uncomfortable for me to share my life with many people.

That said, I know that God created us to live in community. His desire for us is to share our lives with others… including all of the ups, the downs, and challenges of life.  I believe God uses the challenges in our lives to allow us to encourage others going through similar situations.  But for me, this is a stretch.  Even though I know this is God’s desire.

When asked to be part of a Table Group, I reluctantly said yes, knowing that God wanted me to be part of it, but also knowing that it was outside of my comfort zone. So for the past two years I’ve been in a Table. I have grown to know and truly love women of various ages and life stages.  We share, we laugh, we cry and we love and encourage each other.  We are growing and deepening our relationship with each other and the Lord.  And it’s interesting…despite our wide range of backgrounds, ages and life experiences we have so much in common.  It’s amazing!  God uses all of our life experiences, as we share them, in other’s lives.

It has been a stretching, but extremely positive part of my life.  Do I still love opening up and sharing my life?  It’s not my favorite thing to do; but honestly, I know that’s what God wants me to do.  He made us with the desire in our hearts to love others and be loved, to share our lives with others.

If you are looking to make a connection, find new friends, or join in fellowship, I would encourage you to check out the Table Gathering for the fall kick-off on Thursday, September 7. If you have questions or would like more information, there will be a signup table in the foyer on Sunday, August 20 and 27. Please come, enjoy a meal and a taste of what it’s like to be part of a Table Group.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)

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