Daily Delight

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Have you ever had a conversation with someone, and ended up using the phrase, “now that you mention it” or something similar? This phrase strikes me for some reason; we can only see things from our point of view, until someone else offers us fresh perspective.

It’s the same reason people get second opinions after a doctor’s diagnosis, or why we ask other people for suggestions and opinions or read reviews before we buy things.

It’s in moments like thisthe moments when we need helpthat we realize just how much we need community.

Two are better than one because a good return comes when two work together.  If one of them falls, the other can help him up. But who will help the pitiful person who falls down alone? 
-Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

I've spent so much of my life fighting against community. I have a type-A controlling type personality that wants to do things my way. I've been my own caretaker for so long. I want to do things and fix things myself.  I can handle everything on my own shoulders, thankyouverymuch.

However, I'm at a point at my life where I'm just exhausted from trying to live life on my own. I’ve spent so much of my life fighting my battles without letting other people in. I thought for so long I was the only one that needed to carry my burdens- no one else needed to know or worry about me (they have their own lives to worry about, right?). But, no. God didn’t make life for us to walk alone- both in the good and the bad moments of life.

Look at Adam and Eve- right in the beginning, God saw how valuable companionship was. Scripture said it was not good for Adam to be alone. And ladies, it’s not good for us to be alone, either.
We were made for community. We need community.

We need people to be in our corner, cheering us on when we need encouragement.
We need people to celebrate the joys and good moments, and to grieve with us and hold us close in the bad.
We need people to help us see what we can't see in ourselves, and to help us believe in ourselves when we can’t.
We need people to call us out when we need that, too, and to bring perspective when we need it.

We need people in the good, the bad, and the everyday.
We need people to love us for who we are, and help us to look to Jesus to become more like Him everyday.

We all need people for different things- encouragement, crying shoulders, listening ears. We were made to help each other do different things that we need. Like 1 Corinthians 12 says- we are all different parts of the body of Christ; we are called to be the body together, working together in whatever way we’re needed to help each other in our walk with Him.

As much as I sometimes struggle with community, I finally realized how much I needed it. Life feels a little less hard with a group of people by my side, to support, encourage, and love me through the different seasons of life. As hard as it is for me to be vulnerable and honest in community, I realized my heart needs it. My heart was made for community. Yours is, too.

Whatever your community looks like, may it be a community that loves you wholly and keeps pointing you towards Jesus. If you have a community like that, thank God for it (I sure do) and live life with this community. If you don’t, ask God to show you your community- and be prepared for your world to change for the better. We’re called to live life surrounded by people that always leave us knowing Jesus a little bit more. Life is better when we live it together, sisters. Community is God’s plan for our lives- let’s choose to live in community today.

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