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Monday, April 21, 2008

Nostalgic Drive

Tonight a group of us got together in Jeff Yoderville for some fine dinning. It was so great to be able to laugh and relax with friends. Tonight the drive was a little nostalgic. I’ve driven between Niles and Mishawaka too many times to count. There are so many memories…good and not so good.

As I was driving the thing I kept coming back to were a handful of names, the names of friends who have been a constant support no matter what. The last four years have been by far the hardest I’ve ever faced. It has been a very long road and most times very painful. There have been so many times I’ve been ready to throw in the towel and call it quits. If it were for these individuals I probably would have given up a long time ago.

The last few months I have been wrestling with some very difficult choices regarding my next steps. In this process there have been times I’ve been ready to accept defeat but it is some of these same people who call or e-mail at just the right time. They stop me to make some comments they think is completely random, but are really just the encouragement I need.

My mind is blown away when I think about how God has used these friends to pull me out of the mud over and over again. It took me awhile to accept the fact that I needed people like this but now I look back and fear where I would be without them. I’m going to call them all over the next few days for no other reason than to say thanks.

We all have people like this in our lives. Go give them a call just to say thanks.

1 comment:

  1. #1 nostalgic drives are the BEST!
    #2 i know exactly what you mean. Good friends who can encourage you when you feel like giving up are the best. I cannot count the times i've been close to giving up, but God put a person in my life to give me the encouragement i needed to keep trucking. Especially when i've been miles away from the ordinary. It seems especially important. Thanks for this reminder, and this encouragement. Keep touching lives and ministering to people. Especially the fellowship you are doing. That is so important.