What does “community” mean to you? Do you think of your neighborhood, your city, maybe your church family? Community is defined as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” That’s pretty broad, but that’s a good thing!
Community is a universal concept but also a personal decision. You made a choice to be part of your community, to some degree, which means something about it called to you. Community involves fellowship, as mentioned above in the definition, and fellowship is a group decision, which means something about you called to others in your community, too.
If you’re part of a good community, it’s likely easy to see what a blessing it is in your life. You have built-in support and love from those around you, and you probably find yourself going to your “people” when life takes a turn, good or bad. Community’s influence on your life is far-reaching, sometimes beyond what you may realize. That is usually an amazing thing, but if you’re not careful, it could also lead to some negative situations.
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”George Bernard Shaw
As a member of your community, you have the amazing opportunity to pour into something that will turn around and pour into you. That’s not a relationship you should take lightly! What gives you life? What spurs you on during a long day? What tasks do you get great joy in completing? Your answers to those questions could be your perfect contributions to your community. It doesn’t have to be complicated!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”hebrews 10:24-25
God loves to see His children come together and edify each other’s lives. That makes choosing your community and being an active part of it that much more important. Who should be in your community? Should you have different communities for each part of your life? What makes a community a good community? Join us this month as we discuss the importance of community and the potential you have to influence your community. Community is something 4word was founded on, so we’re excited to dive deep into this topic with you!
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