Let me just talk about last night; last night was incredible. Last night freaking ruled. Last night was how things should be. Last night I got the opportunity to hang out with almost all of my group of close friends from college. We were only missing a couple, but were fortunate to have a couple added to the group as well. It's just so good to reconnect with the people that you went into battle with for many years of your life, and the people that you really connected with on so many levels. These are the people who's weddings we have all been in, will be in, and have gone to and will go to. Heck, we even marry each other. Anyways, it was like we had never been separated and we all just picked up where we left off, and the new people transitioned in quite smoothly, which is even more encouraging because it shows that our group love is founded on Christ alone and therefore it is inviting and attractive to others.
I had a great little side conversation with one of my very best friends among the group, Ashley, and she brought up a conversation that she had had with one of the Julia's (of which I don't remember...dang it) that centered on how great our ingroup fellowship was. The topic discussed then in both convos was both serious and joking, but centered around how much we all love being around each other and how great our effect on others is when we are together. Ashley and I openly wondered if we should all just live in the same town, city, or big house together. Let me take a second and explain "big house" to you all...it was this "genius" idea I had a couple years ago for us all to marry each other, and live in this ridiculously large house that would be more of a compound. Each family would have their own "wing" or "unit" that would be privately theirs, but then there would also be a large common area that could be used by all. In this fantastic scenario, all our kids would be able to hang out and group up together, and then they could get married too and it would just be sweet. Well suffice to say, that really hasn't happened.
What has happened though, has been incredible in its own right. God is just good. We have multiple friends up in the Connecticut and New York area on staff with Young Life, some teaching and also working for YL in the Annapolis area, a large contingent in the Charlotte area on staff with YL and also working, and then obviously still a very large chunk left here in Columbus which ironically includes no one on staff. That's just the really cool breakdown, but the larger thing that the Julia pointed out, was that it is awesome how God is using our group of friends to have a great impact on His kingdom by us being spread out all over the United States. It's exciting to talk to people more, of the ones who are still in Columbus especially, because there are ones amongst us that are not planning on staying here for the long run and continuing the spreading of the kingdom and His word and love.
Granted, this will only continue to absolutely destroy the "Big House" plan. Dang it.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." ~ Matthew 28:19-20