For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you– that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. – Paul, Romans 1:11-12
I like the way this passage reads, probably because it resonates with me and how I view things. "I can’t wait to see you to give you something important… but wait… what am I thinking… to really get together and learn from each other". Over the years I’ve come towards the "learn from each other" side of the equation. It’s too hard to have all the answers, to be the unyileding omniscient know-it-all – not to mention that it’s also impossible and life-draining. But each of us has something to offer to the whole, and I do hope I bring something that matters to the conversation. Leaving myself open to also learn from "you" means that we are in this together and better for it.