“One Mile Radius” links to my purpose here on earth. My inner circle hashes out the catch phrase and we look for ways to be sensitive and aware of those we live near, work with and meet in our ordinary days. For us, it represents the call to share the Good News with others. It's not enough to only go to church but we remind ourselves that we are the church.
I listened to the sermon one Sunday morning and thought about my own personal one mile radius. How can I brighten my visits with the Native American gal who cuts my hair every six weeks in the salon a few blocks away?
I think of my neglect of the friendly couple that lives a few doors down and make a mental note to invite them to dinner soon.
I sent a quick text to the president of our road association to thank him for hiring a contractor to level out our country road. Only half the residents pay the fee to maintain the road we all use to get in and out of our town. The president stopped by the house and we sat in my kitchen nook and brainstormed ways we can approach our neighbors to pay up. I realize I need to pray for him as he deals with the winy complainers.
I am proud of our mid-week group from church. Every Wednesday night we meet here in Smallville where one of our pastors opens up her home for us to gather in and eat snacks, delight in desserts and drink coffee and tea together. We discuss the fine points of the Sunday sermon and ways we can implement it.
Sometimes all you have to do is show up!
We celebrated Valentines Day last weekend at the sports bar in this one-horse town. Yes, all 13 of us showed up at the bar and filled a long table right in front of the jazz guitarist who happens to be a brother from our church. There we sat laughing, eating dinner and offering encouraging smiles to our brother as he played “Georgia” and “My Funny Valentine” among other bluesy greats. The joy of the Lord cannot be hid when we show up together even in a bar.
It’s all about relationship.
I like the concept of the one mile radius. It emphasizes relationship more than religion. We Christians carry a big God inside of us. Sometimes it’s enough just to show up and be there!