Community is vital to life.
A couple of years ago I was driving through my neighborhood and was hit with a realization. I didn’t know my neighbors. I was literally living among hundreds of people and barely knew anyone. As I was driving, I realized that all I saw was houses. I had no idea who lived in them. I had developed this routine where I would hit my garage door opener, jump out of my truck, and quickly walk into the garage. Then shut the door as fast as I could and hide out in my house. After awhile, I realized I wasn’t alone. I think this lifestyle is becoming the new normal for a lot of people.
Never in history could a person survive with as little human interaction as we have today. We can get everything we need with just taps of our phone screen or clicks of a mouse. You can order food, work from home, pay your bills, and communicate through text or email to other people. You can basically make it through life without much face to face conversation. This is becoming normal and the preference of many people. It almost seems like our goal is solitary confinement.
Prolonged isolation has been associated with several mental illnesses. A recent study showed that 1 in 4 people in the United States suffer from mental illness. I believe some of these mental illnesses are associated with this new level of isolation we are living in. We were simply not designed to live in isolation. It’s not healthy. It’s not the best way to live your life.
I want to challenge you to step away from this new normal. Go find a community of people to do life with. If you can’t find one you need to be the person to start a community. This is why Connect Movement exists. We want to help you find life giving community in Jesus!