About a decade ago, I heard about this new technology for your television called TiVo. The idea of recording and pausing live TV without having to use a VCR sounded incredible to me. I was still newly married at the time, which means you ask before you make purchases, so I shared this great new technology with Leigh. Leigh was not as thrilled with the idea of adding an extra payment to our limited budget. I’m not sure what I had to do to convince her, I imagine it involved multiple days of cleaning house, but eventually she conceded.
Fast forward two years to the moment when I accepted a job that paid me much less. Leigh and I had to sit down and discuss what we would be taking out of our budget to help make this work. Leigh’s first words were “Don’t take away the TiVo.” It became something that we couldn’t live without. It became part of our life.
In 2006, we started our church’s first in home small group study. This was an addition to our already busy calendar. Leigh and I weren’t sure how we were going to be able to juggle another event. We had just had our son Mark, and both of our jobs were extremely chaotic. We still felt as though this was something that we needed to do. So we committed to being apart of a group of like-minded adults, to eat together, study God’s word together, and to share our life with them.
Looking back, this was one of the best decisions we have ever made. If you ask Leigh or I now, to remove something from our busy schedule, we will both say “Don’t take away our small group.”
We have seen God grow us and use us in incredible ways through sacrificing a portion of our week to meet together. When we have gone through the joys of life, our small group has been there to rejoice with us. When we have been through some of our lowest points, I do not know what we would have done without our small group. What we have seen is that people who pray with you, and pray for you on a consistent basis become people that you don’t want to be without.
I realize that small groups are difficult to commit to. I know you already have plenty of friends. I know that you are adding something to your full schedule, but I assure you that it is worth it. It may take a little time to find your place, and you may need to try out multiple groups to find the best fit. Don’t give up trying; I firmly believe you will see that you don’t want to live without it.