Ahhhh, this lady. This lady is the best. She’s a close friend of mine that is moving away in a couple of weeks. Although the move is a good one for her family, it still doesn’t take the sting away from the loss that I and a lot of others will feel. We’ll all stalk her on social media, but she’ll be far enough away that we can’t regularly hug her. Her wit…I’m sure we’ll still get plenty of that from her postings. She just finished up divinity school and will be starting with a new church. This job should give her plenty of new material for her never-ending, awesome, witty comedy. She’ll be great for so many reasons.
But what made me think of this lady this morning was something poignant she said to me last week. It’s really stuck with me. I was expressing to her my desire to be better. I told her how every morning my prayers were to be a better friend, a better wife, a better co-worker, a better Christian….a lot of things. Jennifer just smiled and said to me, “Just like a Methodist”, so I asked her what she meant by that and she said that Methodist, in general, are always striving to be better, and the more they achieve, the more they realize that there is even more to work on. I laughed and said, “That sounds about right”.
One of the bloggers I follow theadventuresofcharbar.wordpress.com is on a vegan diet this week. She’s become vegetarian over the last 7 months and decided to take it a step further. Personally, I can’t do it, but I’m in total support of her trial at vegan life. It made me think more about my personal diet. I gave up soft drinks (for the most part) this year and I limit myself mostly to water and of course alcohol. My skin was definitely better at first and I did feel better, so the soft drinks really were a good thing for me to cut out, or at least limit myself on. Now, a couple of months later, I find that I need to do more with my nutrition. I am pretty good with my diet, but I definitely have a lot of dairy in my life that could be limited and I should. I guess I want to have better nutrition, too. I guess I’ll add that to my morning prayer, as well. So, if wanting to be better in life can be likened to being a Methodist, I’ll take it as a compliment.
Thanks Jennifer for your amazing friendship, for your incredible leadership, for the laughter you bring to so many of us. I strive to be more like you in my life. I love you and I will miss you terribly. I will pray for you and pray that each day you also grow as a minister. I’m happy to be a work in progress, Methodist or any other denomination.