I am an introvert by nature. Nothing fills my tank more than sitting at home alone with a hot cup of tea, face mask, and binge watching a new tv series! Seriously I love it! What I began to notice about myself however is when that is all I do how easy it is for me to slip right into a little black hole of depression. So today I want to talk about the importance of community.
I love my friends so much! Seriously I could go on and on about how much they mean to me and I could post thousands of pictures sharing their beauty and just overall wonderfulness. But I will spare you just this one time ;) When I am able to get together and talk with my friends time flies on by. I began to wonder what causes me to want to leave the cozy comfortable familiarity of my couch, with might I add a perfect worn in shape specifically for my butt, to want to go out with friends. The answer is as simple as I need it! I crave it! As we all do, we were built for human interaction, For human companionship! It is literally in our coding to want to be around others. Yes even for us introverts.
Community fills us up…all the way.
I get fulfillment out of my job in a way that only a job can do. But my theory is that we have certain spaces in our hearts and minds that only certain things will and can fill. For instance I could work 10 hour days 7 days a week and I will only get fulfillment from that time that I was meant to get from that time. But when I fill my heart with an even balance of work, volunteering and community etc. I am filling my entire heart and mind because those specific things were meant to fill my time. The same way I believe there is a God sized hole in our heart that only he can fill, there is a human sized hole as well meant for time with others.
Community is the way we are shown God’s love for us
Like I stated before when I spent all that time alone I began to feel very depressed and alone (go figure when I separate myself from others to long I feel alone.) But when I spend time with my friends they lift my spirits. And it’s nothing that they do per say as much as it is me realizing wow God put this person in my life at this time for a reason and they are so beautifully and wonderfully made its ridiculous. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat down with a friend and they knew exactly what to say in that time that made me remember “God has not forgotten you, in fact he loves you so much he just told you through -insert your person-.” God speaks to us in many ways through his word, through praying and even through people. Being in community with them helps you hear him.
Community is the way we physically show God’s love to someone else
In the same way others will be your light from the Lord you can be that to someone else. I feel like it is easy to become selfish in our time and only reach out to someone when we are having a hard time. But we should be doing this back and forth. Yes, reach out to a friend when you are having a hard time and need to talk but reach out when you know they are having a hard time as well! As much as we need community we also need to realize everyone else does too. I challenge you this week to reach out to someone, maybe that you’ve never had a one on one with, and invite them to coffee. Then be willing to just be open and see how you can be there for them. You’ll never quite know what it means to them but I guarantee you it means the world.
Seek Community and be the community for others around you, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” -Proverbs 27:17