Looking through the lens of a contributor, not a consumer.

I realized the other day that it has almost been a full year since I've been regularly attending Reality LA, a Gospel-centered church in Hollywood. Although I had been a couple times earlier last year, it was specific sermon in a series on Ruth that really pulled me to making Reality a regular commitment. God blessed me so generously with a solid group of friends who were also determined to set Sundays aside for Him, each other, and Reality. I could not be more thankful for the past year I've had, the memories we've created, and the work God has done in my heart and my life. I decided to go back and start this series on Ruth from the beginning. This book follows Naomi's journey from sorrow and tragedy to redemption--something I think we can all look to for encouragement when life feels like it's working against us. The most recent installment I watched is about relationships and the people God brings into our lives, illustrated by the surprising kindness Ruth shows to Naomi in the face of adversity. So often we become cynical about faithfulness and kindness. Pastor Tim Chaddick points out that faithfulness seems to have become optional and kindness has become random. Since we are so used to being hurt and abandoned by each other we begin to view relationships as completely disposable. But our God is a god of faithfulness, and his people are to be marked by this. We are called to be radically committed to the relationships that God gives us, looking for what we can contribute to a relationship, not what we can consume from it. Regardless of how 'busy' we are, we cannot use this as an excuse not to reflect one of the most wonderful characteristics of God: his faithful kindness.

Friends, I love you. So, so much. Even during this crazy transitional period in our lives I will do my best to remain faithful to you!

Below is the sermon, if you are at all interested in watching. I definitely was encouraged by it!

Surprising Kindness | Ruth 1: 6-18

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