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Love is spelled, T-I-M-E

July 23, 2014 | LaSondra Pryce

I’m starting to believe that for most people love is spelled T-I-M-E, and I’m also learning that time is something most people aren’t willing to give a lot of. I knew I wanted to love my co-workers this summer, how was the hardest part to figure out so I decided to give my time no matter how inconvenient it seemed in my eyes.

There was a knock on my door at 11pm asking if I wanted to go on a 2 hour bike ride. 35+ miles and 7 hours later I pulled back into our village parking lot. We rode all night to the light of the super moon and after we passed bears, a mountain lion, raccoons, foxes, and had bats hit us in our chest we were out of breath from awe and exhaustion. We started to joke less, being picky about what words we used oxygen on, and eventually got to talking about things on our hearts. Although it was more than 2 hours later and I was 18 miles from home on foot (after a bike crash we only had 2 working bikes for 3 people) it was worth it to be able to genuinely talk about my faith with new friends.

Another afternoon my friend needed to be with someone, I didn’t ask why I just decided to spend time with her. While sitting on the side of the lake all of a sudden we notice we are alone and see a group of guys frantically trying to wave us towards them. I turn around to see a bear less than 5 feet from us just sitting on a rock like he was a 3rd member of our group. We left immediately for obvious reasons and after running up the hill with all of our stuff we collapsed at the top laughing from fear and confusion at what just happened. While we were driving back she asked me if I ever felt anything like that and I got to share my adrenaline rushing stories from camp growing up which lead into how I found my faith.

I average maybe 4-5 hours of sleep a night after working and then hanging out with friends, but I know for certain that I have given everything I have in me to love my co-workers. One specifically told me in the beginning of the summer that he admired that we were Christians but that he had, had enough God in his life. A week ago he told me to tell him the next time I am preaching because he wants to attend. I love that God let me see that seed being watered. I trust God to have an amazing plan for all my new friends and I’m just honored I got to be a part of it and that he let me see a glimpse of heaven here on Earth.

 

"I had Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, and Christian friends from France, Germany, Slovakia, Egypt, Jordan, Jamaica, China, Japan, and several other countries. Getting to know them was a great way to broaden my perspective and challenge my worldview. "
– Adam, Calvin Theological Seminary 2010

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