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Community

Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about this word “community”.

Community means “joint possession, enjoyment, liability, etc.” according to dictionary.com.

Let’s take this word one step at a time:

Joint possession.

The longer you live, the more you realize this world is messy. People are messy. People cause problems that are messy. The more you involve others, the murkier the water gets.

When we posses a purpose greater than ourselves, we gain a direction for this water to head. Like a river forging through. When we use others to forge a path where we desire, we become a turbulent mess.

But when we are in sync with God and his direction for our lives, no matter how murky the water may be, we will be running with purpose.

When was the last time you reached out to specifically encourage someone who also possess’ a relationship with God?

Joint enjoyment.

We all have hobbies, people, places, foods that we enjoy. When we find someone with like favorites, we enjoy ourselves more! But the opposite can also be true. When we experience something new with a friend, we experience joy! And often, comical errors! 🙂

When was the last time you purposefully shared joy with someone who really needed a laugh?  They say that laughter is the best medicine!

Joint liability.

Just because you are going through murky waters, doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. I’m all for familial get togethers and laughs with friends. But if friends are only there in the good times, are they really friends?

The Bible commands for us to watch out for each other, to uplift each other, and even confront each other. Sometimes words fall short. But reminding each other of God and his character touches us in our inner most part – our soul. The church is to be a family, not just for hosting potlucks, wedding receptions, and choirs. These are all good things. But faith goes past what we can see and touch. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.

Community is a big part of all of us. Treat yours with kindness and respect.

Wishing a happy Christmas season,

Victoria Rose

 

 

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