A couple years ago, Tyson and I were reading You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan, a study on changing our marriage to be more eternally-focused. As I started the first chapter, an old friend lost her life to cancer. Finishing up the last chapter, another friend passed away in a tragic accident. Both women were young moms just as I am. Both deaths were bittersweet as we can celebrate they are with their Savior. The point is... eternity. 

It’s so easy to think of this “moment” as a big moment, this “problem” as unsolvable, this “dispute” as unforgiveable… These moments very well might be important, but they can also capture more of our attention than what is required. In the grand scheme of life, you might not even remember that dispute that once stirred up your emotions. So instead of focusing on the argument over where to put the silverware drawer, we strive to change our focus to loving others.

Mark 12:30-31 says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart… Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

No commandment greater than these. How convicting it is for me when I try to wrap my mind around that. Tyson and I were challenged through this book, how are we showing the people around us God’s love? And at the time, it was minimal. I can’t say that we have perfected the art of showing a selfless love yet, but we do have this purpose in our hearts to somehow serve others. When we decided to venture into this new lifestyle, we thought of ways to show our community God’s love, and we will continue to be open to opportunities. So far, it might just be hosting a family over to feel welcome and well taken care of. Someday, it might be to provide milk to a mom who is struggling to feed her infant or donating eggs and produce to a family who could use the blessing. It’s unclear because God hasn’t revealed all of His plan to us yet. The exciting part is the more we build up Wildroot Cove, the more we have to give.