So a few months ago, a dear friend of mine asked me if I wanted to do a bible study with her. I had some thoughts on this Walking With Purpose Program, and did not think it was for me.
2 hours, out of an already jam packed week just seemed impossible to give. But there I was. I signed up. I bought a pink text book and dusted off the old RSV.
At first I was skeptical. But my table mates were awesome, and my sweet friend was with me. What could I have to lose?
I went to WWP the first few weeks and diligently filled out my book, looking at the scripture that I was pointed towards and reading the snippets of the Catechism. Even though I was questioning if this was the right place for me, I definitely knew that the things this woman had written about her relationship with Jesus were moving something in my heart.
But as fate would have it, I skipped a week. I had an exam and needed to cram because I procrastinate too much. Then I missed another week because I was tired, and sick. Then I skipped another week because I was going upstate to see my husband’s family for Christmas. And before I knew it that cutesy pink textbook was under the front passenger seat of my car and my bible was not far behind it. At least the Word of God was always with me? I digress.
Tonite is my first class in a month. And the next one follows just two short days afterwards. And wouldn’t you know it? Walking With Purpose falls smack in the middle of those two nights. And will continue to do so every week. There really is no excuse for me not to go. But I know I will come up with as many as I can.
That amazing friend that first invited me texted me today. She asked if I was going. I hesitated before starting to type my message. Was I going? There were chores I wanted to get done. I have people coming to my house this Sunday. I need clean sheets and towels. I have work. I have school. I need to buy my fancy lotion. But before I new what my fingers were doing, I was typing “I think yes. This is the first week of class and I shouldn’t have too much homework.” I mean… except those 9000 other excuses you had Shan but… okay. Say yes why don’t you.
Then my fingers did something I definitely did not tell them to do. They sent another text saying: “I need to make the me time, so actually, can you hold me accountable to getting to WWP? Otherwise I will skip every week.” Once again I am over here like Hello?! Things. To. Do. Oye. But my friend said- I know it’s hard to make the time. I know I will want to skip too. I’ll hold you accountable and you do the same for me!
And that’s when I knew. This the bible study was more important than just filling out a text book. This bible study is about friends that become a sturdy shelter, and sisters forcing you to take care of your soul, even if just for a few hours at the end of one day.
Here’s to one more thing added to my week to take care of me. To 2 hours out of a busy week to bring quiet to the chaos that is currently my soul. And to friends that kick your butt just in the knick of time.