Nothing is quite as sweet in a relationship as single-mindedness. I admit, my passion for The Cabin was kindled long before Dave’s. I envisioned what it could be, how it might be utilized, the lives that would be blessed as a result of spending time in retreat from the every day demands. Dave saw the amount of capital it would take to accomplish the task of restoration.

One Sunday morning, as I enjoyed a few quiet moments on the deck before church, I asked Jesus about restoring The Cabin. I sensed him saying, “Just do it!” and I shared this revelation with Dave on the drive to church. He hadn’t heard those words! At first, irritation rose up and clouded my mind. Why can’t he be more like me??!!

In retrospect, I am glad I didn’t let Irritation have the last word. The process of restoring The Cabin has been much more enjoyable because we enjoy koinoniasingleness of purpose!

1Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship {koinonia} together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Philippians 2:1-2

Marriage isn’t the only relationship where singlemindedness benefits me. In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he pleads with them to live out of their partnership with Jesus. The questions he asks are rhetorical — meaning he doesn’t expect for them to answer them because the answers are obvious. Of course, there is encouragement in a relationship with Christ. Of course, there is comfort in knowing I am unconditionally loved. Of course, there is fellowship with the Spirit! Because of all we experience in an intimate relationship with Jesus, let’s act like it with one another.

Do you see how the security of a relationship with Jesus allows you to securely love others? If this is not your experience, I wonder if something is amiss. Here is something to check — if I experience human love imperfectly, I project that imperfection onto God’s love for me and I experience something other than intimate fellowship with the Creator of my soul. Is your view of God’s love correct? Has it been marred or twisted in some way by imperfect love from another human?

If you find this to be true, it is imperative to find someone to talk with about it. Ask Jesus who that person might be and run to them! If you are unsure who to talk to, send my a private message and I will be happy to do some holy listening!

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