I’ve had a number of conversations this week revolving around community–the idea of it, the significance of it, the way it really impacts our lives and who we are. And the more and more I think about it, the more I’m affirmed in this: I crave community. I really, really do. I love being around people, and more importantly, I need to be around people. Beyond that, I need to share community with people who are authentic, open, and willing to bare themselves emotionally, spiritually and mentally for the sake of honest, deep relationship.
I feel so fortunate that God has created me this way, and I’m fairly certain that if we looked into the heart of every human being, we’d find a similar beat. I’ve met people who act as though they don’t desire community, or as if it’s not essential to their lives, but I truly believe each one of us craves communion and authenticity with others on some level. Surely, we are stretched and grown as individuals, friends, and members of the Body of Christ when we enter into deeper relationship with one another.
As we head into the weekend, and a holiday weekend at that, I’m thinking about all of the interactions I’ll have over the next few days…running into familiar faces downtown, worshipping in church, barbecuing with friends, talking with family over the phone. I don’t just look forward to these opportunities–I thrive on them. Living in community with others is a driving force for joy and a source of purpose in my daily life, and in this season, I am as keenly aware of this as I’ve ever been! I’m so thankful to be blessed with friends and family who contribute to and encourage me in my pursuit of community at every turn.
who’s with me?