This morning, I met with my accountability group. We meet every other week on monday mornings. Today, for various reasons, there were two of us missing. However, I was blessed by the conversation and today left the table like I always do. I left wanting more.
If I ended this post with having just said that - you might believe that I was not filled and wish that there would be more to our discussion, but that could not be further from the truth. Every time that I leave our group, I feel as if we leave more because of the clock than because we have accomplished a specific task. That's good in some ways.
I think right now I am filled by the times when I leave wanting more. I say that thinking about some of the best meals that I have ever had. When they are the best is when I leave wanting more. When they are not so good is when you leave feeling so stuffed, that you wish you hadn't eaten so much.
I leave my group wanting more. I look forward to our time together and look forward to our conversation. I think about that in terms of my ministry and the ways in which we can meet in small groups in the church. I want to form groups in the church that not only want to meet together, but have that same experience - leave each other wanting more.
Small group experiences are not about leaving with all of the answers, concluding all of the discussions, leaving the table satisfied, and finishing the episode. I think it's about wanting more. I think it is about having an experience with Christ that leaves us wanting more of him in our lives and in the lives of those with whom we live.
Anyway . . .