I never meant to put a map of the world on my wrist.
But most of what I do on a daily basis wasn’t a part of my life plan. So, I’m just winging it.
Several months ago, I sat in a cozy room in Colorado with women who had been strangers 3 days before. Getting my introverted butt on that plane wasn’t easy. But just a few hours in, I could tell meeting these world changers who work in the hardest places-among traffickers, homeless, and oppressed women-was going to change me in a deep way. Some of them travel the globe, others open their homes to the most broken souls on the planet.
But every one of them love others more than they love themselves.
God has given me some amazing friends throughout my life. They may not always understand my choices or the risks I take, but they support me. I value the gift of friendship.
Spending three days with women who make my work look easy, thrust me into another kind of community: it was one of gratitude and perspective. Thankful for my calling (which doesn’t always look like other people’s) and a different view (sometimes we think our road is hard until we meet someone who makes it look easy). The time was a little irreverent, a lot of fun, and holy. So holy.
For the first time in a long time, I let people in. I was vulnerable. It was risky.
It was worth it.
I saw Jesus up close in the eyes of these brave women. And He used them to encourage me.
Friendship cost us. It’s give and take.
At some point during the retreat, I knew I needed to do something to memorize this time together.
I’m the most unlikely globe trotter. But God has a long history of doing the impossible with most inadequate. (I’m also the most unlikely tattoo-getter, but hey, what can I say?)
This seemed appropriate:
Plus, there’s something that really bonds a group of women at a tattoo parlor.
Be grateful for your friends.
I’m celebrating friendship today with the launch of my friend Dawn’s new book, The Gift of Friendship. It’s a collection of stories about the beauty of friendship from some of today’s most popular writers. It will make you laugh and cry and mostly, thank God for the people in your life.
Thanks to Revell for partnering on today’s post.