Why I Need Community
I drove down the winding country road, sunroof open, worship music blaring,
If you’d driven past me on that country road, you’d never have known I was on my way to a sterile medical building to have a nerve-wracking test done, something I had dreaded for months. So why was I so happily singing worship music while cruising down a country road?
Fast forward to the day before when I’d sent an “SOS” Voxer message across the ocean to one of my closest girlfriends who just moved to England: Will you pray for me during this test? I’m trying not to worry but it’s just scary. I’ll feel so much better knowing you’re covering me in prayer. “Of course,” she eagerly
I hadn’t thought about that. Without her simple suggestion (or loving command), I would have fretted the whole way, heart thumping rapidly before I even entered the building. Instead, I walked in that building actually joyful, my heart buoyed by truth and the prayers of my friend.
The other close girlfriends in my community were covering me, too. One offered to go with me. One sent an encouraging text at the exact minute my appointment started. They all prayed this Scripture over me: “You will keep in perfect peace whose minds are
In his classic book, Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller says, “There is an entire world inside yourself, and if you let yourself, you can get so deep inside it you will forget the way to the surface. Other people keep our souls alive, just like food and water
As an introvert who tends to retreat inside herself instead of
Community coaxes us outside of ourselves.
Community helps dispel fear.
Community reminds us of truth and helps keep our souls alive.
Community helps our home life. When I first became a mother,
Now, we have two small daughters, and our little family of four absolutely loves spending time together. But it’s also healthy for my husband and
Throughout the 12 years of our marriage thus far, our community has walked with my husband and
Said the Apostle Paul,
“In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” (from Ephesians 4, The Message)
While my community (and my gracious husband) loves me despite my failings, they encourage me to keep growing…
“No prolonged infancies among us, please. We'll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” (from Ephesians 4, The Message)
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To my huge relief and gratefulness, my medical test turned out fine. Normal. Nothing to worry about. It could easily have gone the other way, though. If it had, I know for sure who would’ve had my back.
And that is why I need community.