What gave you joy this week?
What’s the junk that’s making you anxious?
Where did you see Jesus?
I picked up my old Bible the other day. The one I used when our children were growing up.
I’ve always kept it in a cute fabric case so the cover still looks clean and undamaged. But the pages are a different story. They’re covered with notes and stickers. A few have scribbles from my little artists and many include finger smudges.
Sometimes I feel like that old Bible.
I can do a pretty good job of keeping my outside protected so it looks clean and undamaged. You know . . . my church face.
It’s hard to let people past our covers, isn’t it? We don’t want others to see the scribbles and smudges on the pages of our stories. We definitely don’t want them to see the big stuff. The stuff they just might criticize or judge.
Social media doesn’t help. That place where we have tons of friends and followers, but don’t really know each other. Where we show our pretty. Our clean and undamaged. And admit it . . . even the moms showing their moments of chaos are careful not to reveal too much.
You want people to like you. I get it. I’m guilty too.
I wonder if as followers of Jesus we can show the world a better way . . . connected, caring and loving. No, we don’t have to make social media a dumping ground for our ugliness but we each need a group of people with whom we can be real.
Don’t you really want people who will love you?
Who will rejoice with you and pray for you? People with whom you can share not just your joys but your junk?
It won’t be easy. After all, we’ve done it this way for a long time. But I have three questions to help you get started. Questions sure to start real conversations around the table, in the car, in small group circles, and even on-line.
Let’s Talk About Your Joy, Junk, and Jesus
1. Where did you experience joy this week? – Share something that made you happy. Something fun. Something that blessed you.
Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. Romans 12:15
“When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other’s flame.” ~Augustine
2. What was your junk? How can I pray for you? – Where are you struggling? What are you worried about? What hurt your feelings? What is causing you pain?
Do not always be thinking about your own plans only. Be happy to know what other people are doing. Philippians 2:4
“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” ~Steve Maraboli
3. Where did you see Jesus? – Where did you experience His love, grace, and mercy? Where did you notice beauty? How did you experience His help?
Men cannot say they do not know about God. From the beginning of the world, men could see what God is like through the things He has made. This shows His power that lasts forever. It shows that He is God. Romans 1:20
Joy, Junk, and Jesus.
I belong to a small Facebook Group and we share our Joy, Junk, and Jesus every Thursday. We started a couple of months ago and it’s quickly become our favorite conversation of the week. It’s helped us get to know each other and become close friends.
Open the book of you, my friend. Let those around you see your inside.
Let them rejoice with you and pray for you.
Let them see Jesus in you and be Jesus to you.
One of the girls in our group encouraged me to set up a Joy, Junk, and Jesus page where we could share our stories. A place to celebrate and cry with each other. Most importantly, a place to really connect. If that sounds like something you might be interested in joining would you let me know by leaving a comment?
It would be a closed Facebook Group to keep our stories away from public scrutiny and make it a safe place to be Jesus to one another. Let me know. It’s something I’d be happy to do if there it’s something you’re interested in doing.
I want to thank the fantastic youth leaders at our church for teaching me about Joy, Junk, and Jesus.
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