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.

10 thoughts on ““Just like a Methodist”

  1. Oh Shannon, I am so sad for you!!! You are going to miss your dear friend so much! It sounds like you will remain close with her in spite of the distance and that’s great. You already seem like a pretty great person so I can’t imagine what you have to work on! Glad to hear you’re sticking with the alcohol! πŸ™‚

    1. Maria, it’s going to be tough for all of us, but I know we’ll still keep our Jennifer close to our hearts and we will make plans for road trips. πŸ™‚ And yes, the alcohol has to stay on the list. Life’s too short.

  2. What a beautiful post about a beautiful person! I’m so lucky to call you both my friends!!! Road trip to MO perhaps in 2015?! Or a quick flight maybe. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh we’ll miss our Moxiepants so much but she’s making a great change for her family and we’ll keep in touch!

  4. Aww! Yay!! Love this so much! You’re the sweetest ever and I’m so honored to make the blog :). I’m going to miss you so much!! So glad I’ll have this blog and texting and emailing and phone calls and Instagram so we can keep up with each other :). We’ll have to get together every now and then for a hug too! πŸ™‚

    1. Moxiepants-You are very loved here in NC. You’ll always have lots of people fighting over you when you visit. We’ll be visiting you, too. Love you so very much!

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