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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is for Community


The letter C!!!  I’ve written about you before here You seem to rule my life.  Christ is the most obvious C word that is at the heart of my other two c-words: Community and church!

Community is so important to this extrovert.  If you want to suffocate me, no need for a pillow or plastic bag over my head.  Isolate me from all meaningful human interaction.


Hanging with two INRL friends Rachel and Jen

Luckily, this has been the plan from the very beginning of creation.  God saw that Adam was alone and knew that it was not good (This is the first use of not good in the Bible in Genesis 2:17) Therefore, Eve was created.  And aren’t we all thankful for that?

We can find ourselves in some pretty big trouble when we are left all alone (see Eve for the first and worst example).  We are left with just our own voices in our heads spilling out our own version of “truth” into our lives, which is most likely not “truth” at all.

Filing in for Easter service

With all of our moves I have had to learn how to build and rebuild community time and again.  I always start with the church.  Again, this is part of the plan and it works!  If you are feeling alone or disconnected I have two bits of advice.  They are a little in-your-face and blatant but here they are:

1)    Get over yourself!

2)    Get involved with a local church body!


They [the believers] committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. 
Acts 2:42 The Message

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. 
Ecclesiates 4:12  NIV

10 comments:

  1. Being part of a church community definitely makes a difference. I have a wonderful church, but sadly don't go there a lot, because it is so hard when you have to work every 2nd weekend, then I want all my weekends off to be non-scheduled. But going there makes me feel good so I should try to go at least once a month or so.

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    1. I find that if I consider church just part of my normal routine, and not a scheduled activity, it becomes so much easier to get there. I hope you will be able to be there as often as your schedule allows, it's one of the things we are told to NOT get out of the habit of doing. Blessings to you and thank you so much for stopping by today. :)

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  2. Ah, for this introvert I would EXPLODE if I didn't get some time to myself. :D Isn't it amazing how different we all are?

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    1. I like a little me time myself, but I have got to be around others or I feel like I'm in solitary confinement. It is truly amazing how we all complement each other.

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  3. So thankful to be in community with YOU! Thank you for welcoming me with open arms all those years ago and for the friendship that continues to deepen as a result. So thankful for you!

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    1. So thankful that I was there before you to do just that. I know you have done the same for so many others. It takes both sides for this to work.

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  4. Great post! I'm thankful for people like you, because I am an introvert, and if it wasn't for the extroverts pushing me out of my cave, I'd probably stay in my cave forever.

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    1. Thanks, that is a very nice thing to say. I do have a bit of an apology coming on Friday, though. If you happen to stop in you'll see. ;)

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  5. I am an on the fence I/E on the MB! Get all that?? Love people, but love to be by myself. Have to balance all of it. I can see the E in you!! Love you!

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  6. *chuckles* Spoken like a true extrovert... ;)

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