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Funny thing. I was thinking something like this last week. Like, why is it when I finally have some time to call someone and talk to them, they usually dont sound like "now is a good time". May have something to do with the old "selfishness" problem. We want to talk to people when "we" want to talk to them, and not when they need us to listen. Case in point: I called Scott, our YoungLife Area Director, the other day, just to check in with him and see how he is doing. Instantly I could tell that he was preoccupied with some family task at home (was I expecting otherwise?). I cut the conversation short. Then, about 10:30 pm, as I was coming home with the kids from some scheduled acctivity, Scott calls on my cell. I am happy to report that even though it was poor timing for me, I stuck to the task and stood in the dark on my front porch (my own kids coming out to check on me 3 or 4 times), yet I feel I was as attentive to our conversation as I possibly could be.

This, I think, is our challenge as Christians. To esentially be alert to the possibility that "now" is the moment when we should make ourselves "sacrificially" available to others - to listen to their stories - to be available for their interruptions our our sacred lives.

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