I love words. I am a woman of many, many, many words. If you don't believe me, just ask my Facebook friends. I like to speak words, I like to write words, I even like to think on words. I am definitely a mean what you say, say what you mean kind of gal.
Sometimes I will find a word I just really like, because it sounds good, or I like the way the letters look even, and sometimes I really like a misspoken word, or even a play on words because it speaks volumes to me. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes the right word in the right moment is absolutely priceless.
Right now I have two wonderful words that are speaking to my heart, and describing perfectly where I find myself at. They are the "play on words" genre, but they're just so good, I have to share.
The first word I heard today was "Followship." What a great word, and exactly what I want the friendships in my life to be, a perfect blend of "fellowship" with other believers, all of us "following" Christ. I want to live in a community of "Followship," and it is what am currently aspiring to do in my life, and encouraging others to do as well. I want to be a builder of friendship and community, where all feel welcome, and encouraged, because I believe that is the heart of Christ.
We've had some great girlfriend days recently that I have gotten to be a part of, and it's something I aspire to continue to do. Friendships among women are tough, often even few and far behind. Our potential for cattiness and strife is no secret, but I believe firmly when it is a faith in Christ we share we can rise right above it and enjoy one another's fellowship, following Jesus together. Followship
The second word I have been contemplating and chewing on for a few weeks, and that word is "Realationship." It also is about the person I aspire to be. I am extremely forthright, which can be a challenge for some. I know at times, perhaps, my delivery could use some work, but I want to be a "what you see is what you get" kind of person. For many it may work to play a game or present a facade, but it doesn't work for me, I tried for a lot of years, and I just don't want to try anymore.
I just want to be real, in all my struggles and victories, faults and strengths, in every step, stop and fall I want to be real, the girl who loves Jesus and often finds herself muddling through the process of working out her salvation. It's the girl Jesus dies for, the girl he came to save, and the girl He continues to work on and perfect. It's life, it's the walk, the struggle - it's REAL and it's what I want to be in every relationship in my life.
They're good words, and words I encourage you to contemplate for yourselves. It's pretty amazing when you find those moments of Realationship and amazing Followship. May you find those blessings in every season of your life.