WHY YOU NEED COMMUNITY:
You need people to have fun with and to laugh with.
You need people who love you enough to speak the truth to you and challenge you.
You need people to encourage and support you.
You need people to remind you of God’s fierce love and grace when you forget it.
You need people to hold you accountable.
You need people smarter than you who can offer wisdom and advice.
You need people to lean on when you’re struggling.
You need people to celebrate with you AND cry with you.
You need people who are good at the things you’re bad at so you can learn from them.
You need people to serve alongside because there’s way too much work for just one person to try to do alone.
And guess what else? Other people need you, too! God created every single person with talents, abilities, insights, and gifts, and His intent is that we would use them to build up others. The church has so much to gain from you investing in your community and blessing others through your strengths.
From the very beginning, God designed humans for connection. In the book of Genesis, Adam was tasked with naming and caring for every animal in the garden, and it probably didn’t take long before he realized something was missing.
“Boy elephant, girl elephant. Boy lion…girl lion. Boy giraffe…………girl giraffe……………….hang on a second……..”
Every creature in the garden had a mate, except for him. But God already had a plan for that, because He knew that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. Adam needed a partner, a family, a community. And just like him, we were never meant to do life alone either. You might try really hard to push everyone away and survive as a lone wolf, but the deep-down truth is that you need people. We all need a group of someones to be OUR PEOPLE.
I sincerely hope you have people like mine. ♥♥