I’ve always believed that community is important. We must live and interact with others if we want to truly thrive.
The sad truth is, I haven’t lived this well recently.
Over the past year or so, my relationships with others have fallen by the wayside. Replaced with work or my inner thoughts.
It’s a struggle I’ve had and I’m not ashamed to admit.
Community is a powerful thing. Community is there to hold you up. Community is there to hold you accountable. Community is there to back you.
Something truly spectacular happens when we begin entering into relationships with those around us. We begin to experience who we truly are.
Desmond Tutu said:
A person is a person through other persons
Andy Snyder put community this way:
We need others to help us become ourselves
The Bible even tells us community is important:
Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Community brings out the best in us. Community also helps us to live out our purpose.
How To Do Community
This used to come naturally to me. I could enter a room and instantly become friends with those I’d mingle with.
Lately, that’s not been the case. I’m standoff-ish and don’t want to deal with others.
That’s not how you do community. But I’m learning again.
To do community, you must
Take an interest in others
Approach and engage others
Continue the conversation
Touch base on a regular basis
Break bread together
Building a community takes work.
It’s not a one and done type of deal. No, oh no.. You must be willing to put in effort.
Call your friends. Invite people over for a backyard bonfire. Go on adventures with those you care about.
Create memories and create community.