Recently our homeschool group said goodbye to a family who will soon be moving out of state. I like this family. Scratch that. My whole family likes this family. The parents have worked hard to instill Christ-like character into their children. But, when problems do occur they are quick to offer guidance and restoration These families are not easy to find!

I enjoy this Mom’s company as well. We are both ‘seasoned’ and have a thousand and one things to gab about. She’s always ready to offer a refreshing word of encouragement or a different perspective on problem solving. These ladies are hard to find!

The sad part is that this isn’t the first time this has happened. Here is yet another time I didn’t extend myself in an effort to go and just ‘hang out’ with this family, not realizing until they are gone cross country what treasurers they are “Gee, I really enjoyed her company. “Gee, our kids really got along well. “Gee it’s a shame they are so far away.” and so on.

So why is it that I get so “Lisa-centric”? Why am I unable or unwilling to step outside my goal-oriented world and call someone up just to get together? Many times I figure “so and so” is too busy to get together. Geez, we are all homeschoolers. We are THE most flexible people in the world! Or are we?

The bible says not to forsake the fellowship of the Saints. I believe this pertains to more than Sunday. Finding like-minded people is a gift from the Lord as we are to encourage one another on this race.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:24-25)

I’m taking my own advice and not letting another quality friendship slip through my fingers – and I encourage you to do the same!