Share life…even the hard stuff.

4 08 2011

It’s possible that life has not turned out the way that you wanted it to. You may find that everything is better when you have someone to share it with.  Food, art, and life’s ups and downs.

There is something that we can learn from the story of Ruth. After the exodus, the Hebrew people arrive at the Promise Land and it is settled.

Ruth chapter 1 and then 4:13-17

When a famine came Elimelech moves family from the Promise Land. Elimelech and Naomi’s sons Mahlon & Kilion marry Moabite women which was forbidden. Moabites were descendants of Lot and lived on the other side of the Dead Sea. All three (Elimelech, Mahlon, and Kilion) die and Naomi is left alone with her new daughters in law.

Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth set out to return to Judah. Naomi realizes that Orpah and Ruth will have nothing in Judah. She tells them to stay. Orpah returns to Moab, but Ruth decides to stay with Naomi. Naomi and Ruth return to Judah. During a time of “judges”, a season when people were leaving the faith, Ruth shows loyalty.

Boaz and Ruth bless Naomi with a baby boy, Obed which means “servant”.

Ruth chose to share life with Naomi. She didn’t try to fix Naomi. Through the loyalty of Ruth, God brought blessing to Naomi and to Ruth. God brought a husband and a son.

Hard stuff of life can come at you fast: some by circumstances, some by someone else, some by yourself.

You see God didn’t promise us that life would be easy. In fact, Jesus said in Matthew 5:45, “He gives sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”

We may carry scars, but God can bring the healing. God can restore. God can help us learn from the hard stuff of life.

We are not designed to go through the hard stuff of life alone. We are designed to run to God as we see in Psalm 91 and Psalm 23. We are also designed to share life with each other as we see in the story of Ruth.

What do we see in the story of Ruth?

God brought a kinsman redeemer through Boaz.

God brought hope for the future through Obed.

There’s a difference between “misery loves company” and “life giving relationships”.

“misery loves company” – listens, ask questions, focuses on the negative, finds fault, repeats the negative.

Job’s wife, “curse God and die.” Job’s friends, “it must be you.”

“life giving relationships” – listens, ask questions, focuses on the positive, finds solution, repeats the positive.

“Speak the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15 “Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35

Read 1 John 4:7-11

When the hard stuff of life comes run to God and share life with others (people who are life giving relationships).

In fact, you will be much stronger (when the hard stuff comes) if you are already following Jesus and sharing life with others!

We can be intentional about being available for relationships. Budget: time, energy, money.


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