Joining Lisa-Jo and the crew for Five Minute Friday today where we write like mad on a given topic for five minutes. Today the topic was welcome. Check out my quick thoughts and then scoot over to her site to see what others laid out for us to ponder!
Mother put a yellow bow on the mailbox. She sang this little song that I had never heard about a soldier coming home. It was her sweet, simple way of welcoming us.
Brother and sister came home. Helped us unpack. Everyone was ready to work. We went to dinner that night. Laughed, ate good, laughed. It was their sweet, simple way of saying, “welcome.”
Other gestures were made, grand and small by people who love and support us. There were sad goodbyes and sweet hellos, all of it was to send us off into the harvest to be His laborers. It was all good and it was all needed but I have learned that although there is a part of me that feels like she needs the affirmation and people support– the grandest welcome mat has already been laid out. He laid it out in the great commission at the end of Matthew.
And He invites us over and over again to do His work, show His love, be a representation of the kingdom in this world. It doesn’t take as grand a gesture as the one we have made. It’s a daily life thing, accepting his invitation into the greatest workforce there is–the work of your life because of the life that was laid down for all of us when we had not sense enough to realize or appreciate it. He wants us all to feel welcome in his love and follow Him and do the work. When wondering, “Should I help . . .?” pause and realize that He is always looking for us to do his bidding. You are welcome. Roll up them sleeves and take up that cross! Ain’t nobody mad but the devil.