John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
As always, Jesus tells it like it is, and the news can seem a bit disheartening. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. He doesn’t say we will accomplish a little bit, or that we’ll do fairly well. We can do nothing apart from him. Nothing of value. Not a thing that has eternal implications.
Community is not just a word to describe a group of people with commonalities. In the Christian context it is much deeper. Community is loving your neighbor as you love yourself (and not that pseudo love, but that 1 Corinthian-Chapter-13 kind of love). And if you have ever loved - I mean truly loved - you know it does not come easy.
“Honey, I just attended this terrific conference, and guess what…We’re moving!”
That conversation has happened more than a few times over the years - often after a CCHF or GMHC conference. Sometimes it is a move to the “hood”. Other times it is a move into the “woods”. Sometimes it is a move to a totally different continent. I know some stories that have ended well. I know a few that didn’t. And most of the time, I really believe the call was real.
Dr. Geogy Thomas, Medical Director for Dayspring Family Health Center in Jellico, TN, has been awarded first prize in the Welcome Back Awards for Primary Care.