Community sets us up to thrive, not just survive.
Excuses, excuses, excuses. If you are like me, you can come up with lots of excuses why you aren’t in community with people. People are messy, mean, and selfish. People can ruin your life. People will ask for your time, talents, abilities, and resources. You can’t control people. No matter what, people will always be a wild card. I can come up with all of the excuses in the world for me to hide out in my house with my family and try to keep to myself as much as possible. But when life happens, when the bottom drops out and I am left scrambling, trying to hold my life together, I am acutely aware of my need for community.
King Solomon, the author of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, clearly explains our need for people in our life.
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
If you want to be broken quickly, try doing life alone. Once you get a taste of real community I promise you won’t want to live your life any other way. To have a group of people who love you, support you, celebrate you, cry with you, hurt with you, and are there for you helps you move from just surviving and allows you to begin thriving in life. So go find community. If you can’t find one, then it is time for you to start one and we want to help you!