After I stopped attending church, I continued to be a part of a small bible study that meets on Tuesday nights. For me, church is about community. I can get good teaching on the internet or in books, I can play worship music, but the thing I was missing was community. On Tuesday nights, I get it.
Over the two years we’ve been meeting, the 11 of us have walked the hard road of death, divorce, infidelity, confusing children, job changes, boyfriends, living situations . . .
We laugh and we cry. We say the right things and we say the wrong things. But we keep coming back each week to connect with each other and with God and to encourage one another in our scary, tragic, hopeful, forgiving journeys.
I have a talk called Your Front Row that I’ve shared dozens of times with groups of women. The theme is:
Life is a theatre, so invite your audience carefully.
Not everyone needs a seat in the front row of your life.
The idea is to be mindful, very mindful, about the people you keep closest to you, your front row friends, because these are the ones you trust with your heart and your soul.