This post is a display of my heart....I have asked a few key people to look it over for validity, and have been counseled to keep it "as is". I wrote this in September, so a few things are old news...but I hope that it still has the same impact. Part two should be up in a few days. God Bless!
Community. One word, an eternity of meaning. I sat with my husband, Nick, recently and we dove into topics of life. We are in a transition of sorts, and there are many details that need to be mowed over and conclusions spit out the other end. We talked about houses, schooling, wages, locations…and community. Community, as my dear husband sees it, is at the top of the list; as necessary as food and water.
While I’m thinking in my head “All we need is our little family and God…that’s all. He’ll do the rest.” Nick is thinking “Tink goes crazy when she doesn’t have friends around.” Granted we both go a little wacko when we are left to our own devices, but he showed a genuine concern for what he sees as necessity. And it is, as much as many people would like to refuse the need for community…it is absolutely, without a doubt, a vital life force for the church and believers…for people.
As we sat on the couch and continued to spit out the problem/solution equations for our little life I sat on the idea of community. I’m still sitting on it. I put a pin in it. It is hanging on my little bulletin board brain. Now, I have experienced a handful of churches in my tiny existence, and I do believe that my husband is accurate in making this observation regarding community (not that he needs my approval, but it’s nice to be on the same page).
I have been fortunate to have (and still have) a group of people that are an extension of my family. They don’t take the place of family, they add to it. You could think of it as family that the Lord hand-picked for me…and He presented them to me as gifts of community. These people: my honest, hard hitting, gracious, loving comrades, have been the ones who make up my community. They are the ones willing to speak the truth of the gospel, and hit me over the head when I get too much into my own selfish, tyrannical ways. Some make me laugh, others make me cry…many make me do both….but all have been given to me as a blessing. (And I can only hope that I have been a blessing in return!)
There are many people in the world that are moving through life’s commotion muddled by drama and chaos…but when the community gets involved through prayer, counsel, encouragement, and biblical truth…drama melts away and chaos loses its spin. Life becomes a series of fortunate events and blessings that are seen in the light of the gospel and the hope it gives. The life of a follower of Christ, one involved not only in accepting the Call, but also in spreading the Truth, is one lived in community. Not all see the community as such, but I would go as far as to say that if I am following Christ, living according to His word, and listening to the Holy Spirit, then the Truth of His grace, love, peace, and guidance are all blessings to my soul.
I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake. For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Philemon 1:4-7