Small towns tend to produce the best stories. Everybody knows everybody, and those hole-in-the-wall restaurants don’t look like much from the outside, but they always have the best food and make the best hangout spots.
Allenspark, Colorado has a little place like that called Meadow Mountain Café. I recently experienced this little place for the first time when my husband and I met a friend for one of our regular breakfast chats. It’s a small building, and easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. Once inside, it doesn’t seem like much either, with only four tables – two long tables and two round tables in opposite corners.
We were the first to arrive, and we sat at one of the round tables in the corner. It gave us a view of the entire building, and as we ate and chatted amongst ourselves, there were also moments where we simply sat and looked around at the people coming and going around us. In the midst of our silence we would catch glimpses of other conversations around us, and we realized in small towns like ours, in a place like this, no topic is off limits. Anything can, and probably will be talked about, and it is a beautiful thing. People are out, people are together, and people are talking. There was not a cell phone in sight all morning.
Scripture teaches us to live our lives in fellowship, and “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). We are supposed to be in community, fellowshipping with and encouraging one another. Peter tells us, “Finally, all of you, have unit of mind sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Peter 3:8). Community and fellowship is about encouraging and building one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Everyone, including those who do not believe, need encouragement in this life. It doesn’t take much when we continue in fellowship with one another. That is how life happens.
I encourage you today, take some time next time you are out to step away from the screen. Find someone to strike up a conversation with. You will probably find yourself surprised and encouraged by their story if you take the time to listen with your heart. Share your experience in the comment section below and let’s start sharing stories around the world.
Enjoy the view,