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A Need For Community

Dear _____________ (person reading this),

You are not alone.

I don’t know where you come from today. Maybe you are overworked and overwhelmed. Maybe you are a single parent just trying to make it. Maybe you just suffered a loss that has shaken you. Maybe you just lost your job. Maybe you are struggling just to make ends meet. Maybe you’re questioning your faith. Maybe you’re a student feeling out a new school. Maybe you are fairly average — middle class, at least one working parent, kids, meetings, sports, commitments, etc.

Regardless of where you are today, I want you to hear this: You are not alone.

From the beginning of the creation of man, God designed people to live in community. He gave Adam a woman to be his helper. He challenged Christians to meet together. God used young apostles to tell the early church to bear each other’s burdens. We were not meant to go through life alone.

Why then, is it that we try to do just that? So many of us go through the motions. We smile and nod. We tell people we’re doing great. We know how to dress and just the right things to post on social media to make it look like we have it all together. We happily share our children’s accomplishments, show off our awards, and strut our stuff when we do well at something. The pain, stress, and reality of life are strangely silent though.

We live in a society where we glamorize everything. It’s exhausting and even more alarming, suicides per year are on the rise by the hundreds. Why? With the exception of factors such as mental health, I would say that people have a deep need to know that they are not alone.

God created us to bear each other’s burdens. He created us to be social beings because He, Himself, is a social being.

One danger comes into play when we go against how God has created us when we try to do life on our own. This isolates us. We already discussed how God didn’t make us for that. The other danger comes when we try and fill our life with solely relationships and not God.

God designed us to live in community with Him, as our Creator and King, and then with His people, as our earthly Christian community.

Pain is a very real part of life. There will be hard days. Days where we hurt and struggle and can barely put one foot in front of the other. Those are the days where we need our God and community of Believers the most.

Please don’t walk through this life alone. Please don’t pretend everything is okay. Please be honest. Yes, it takes courage. Yes, it may hurt sometimes.

But when we live as God designed us to live, we can live the best life possible — the most fulfilling life possible.

In addition, when we follow God’s design for our lives, we bring glory to Him. What more could we ask for?

Sincerely,

Someone who has learned the value of community

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