Last week, when I saw him, the three of us began to chat about life "stuff," when he turned to the man next to him and said, (I don't remember his exact words, but cherish his intent) this lady is different. She is always kind and friendly; what you see is what you get. He went on to say what a rare quality I had and how nice it was to meet someone like me (and that he hadn't met anyone like me in our building). As soon as the words left his mouth, I began immediately considering them; attempting to analyze WHY I am the way I am.
I said to both of them that it could have come from being raised by amazing parents that adored me; or from the joy inside my mother (a Christian who walked the walk, not just talked the talk). I also shared about my Church family (Northside Christian Church) and how LOVING the members are and how you can't help but FEEL and share HIS (Jesus Christ's) joy. That our Church focused on the Bible's NEW TESTAMENT - Jesus' command to love one another, not the Bible's OLD TESTAMENT - focusing on human laws and judgement. I explained from our Senior Minister's leadership and genuine Christian walk, how my life had been changed. To my response, he quickly agreed; as if to say....
THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH!
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