As we navigate this world, it is important that we find community. Community looks different for everyone, but no matter what groups we join and what friends and family we intentionally connect with, they’re vital to our existence.
“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.’” (Genesis 2:18 HCSB)
This verse reminds us that God has created us for each other since the beginning of time. We may tend to look at this verse and think it only applies to romantic relationships, but if we look throughout the Bible, we notice God always gave people community in the journeys they went on. When Moses felt unqualified to speak, God led Aaron to be his mouthpiece as the two of them worked together to lead the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan. David and Johnathan built an intimate, platonic connection in the face of adversity, and their connection is known today as an example of brotherly love and loyalty. Jesus had 12 disciples who traveled with Him for most of His life on Earth. Society tends to paint a distorted image that we can get through life on our own, but the truth is, we can’t survive without other people.
As we are currently living in the midst of a pandemic, it becomes difficult for us to connect in the ways we want. We are forced to separate ourselves physically from people we love most. However, even in this season, it’s just as important for us to find other ways to connect with people and continue building relationships. This can look like joining a virtual community group with a church in your area or even a church in another state, joining a virtual book club, finding virtual groups of people who share your same interests, or even groups with interests different from yourself.
“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 HCSB)
Being in community with other followers of Christ is meant to help you grow closer to God, and all types of community are meant to refresh your spirit and soul. These people will challenge and push you to be the best version of yourself, and my prayer is for God to connect you with this type of community.
These friends, family members and confidants will be present to help us get through difficult times, and they will be present to help us celebrate the accomplishments and the wins in our lives. These people will love us for who we are and will want to grow through life with us. Some people will only be part of our close community for a season, and that’s a part of life we all have to face. It’s not always easy facing this, but with God’s help and strength, we will be able to find peace in it. Other people will become our lifetime community, and when we find this, we should cherish it in every way possible.
For those who have already found community with people who stand with you through the ups and downs in life, take some time to call or text them to let them know how much you love and appreciate them. Tell them often that you love them and are thankful for their presence in your life. Something we can all ask ourselves is, How am I showing up in my communities? In what ways can I do a better job of showing up for those around me? This is the beginning of staying together forever.