There are times in our lives that we just need to slow down and assess where we are and where we are headed. We get so consumed with things, schedules, appointments, and going that we lose sight of what God intended for our lives to be. Thanksgiving and the Christmas season create the perfect storm for us to get lost in the expectations of the world. Someone that I look to for guidance and helping me find clarity in life said to me recently, “We need to stop doing. We need to start being.” Neither of us could remember who coined that phrase, but it is one that we should all heed. Life is about relationships, not things or going constantly or trying to please everyone or always being busy. Relationships, period. Strive to be with those who are there for you when you laugh, when you need someone, and especially when you need to cry. Surround your life with people you truly, deeply love. These are the people that make a long-term difference in your life. As we approach an important time in our Christian year, I need to add one more thing. As the folks at Shaeffer’s Chapel hear me say frequently, our faith is about our relationship with Jesus and others, not laws and rules. It all comes down to love. Someone who loves you will be there when all others flee. I Corinthians 13:13 reminds us “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”