Is there an empty chair in your life?

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Perhaps you are familiar with the “empty chair” small group idea? A symbolic empty chair reminds attendees to welcome new participants. But how about applying this idea to our own lives personally?

Do you have enough “empty space” in your life that you are able to open it to a new friendship or relationship? Increasingly I’ve found that too many Christians have packed schedules with no time whatsoever for developing a new relationship with anyone – believer or unbeliever. I realize we all go through stages in our lives that are more or less busy, and I realize the importance of “boundaries.”  We can’t say yes to everyone and everything! Yet, one-on-one relationships are important and if we have no time for reaching out to a lonely person or investing in a new relationship – then something has gone wrong.

Reading through the Gospels, Jesus Christ was a busy guy…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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