I have had the wonderful privilege of entering into a blog community with Betsy Gettis from Heavens to Betsy and so many other bloggers in The Peony Project.
The Peony Project is a community for women who love Jesus, love blogging, and are looking for a common space to share ideas, encourage one another, and make real, honest friendships with one another.
And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)
The group has started a series of monthly prompts and link-ups, the first being month's prompt being community.
I've racked my brain the last few days trying to think about how I would talk about this topic. My first thought was to spend this time talking about my personal community and how great it is; how easy it is to maintain friendships with people across the world or even down the street. But truth be told, there are times when I'm not good at this whole community thing.
There are weeks and months when I fail to ask thoughtful questions; or I don't stop thinking about myself long enough to care about those around me. My point being, true community takes effort and compromise.
Despite the difficulty of maintaining community, it's worth it! I can't say that enough, TRUE COMMUNITY IS WORTH THE EFFORT! One of the first verses I memorized about community with Hebrews 10:24-25. It reads:
How easy it would be for me to simply stay on the surface, never getting into those deep conversations that change friendships. But the author of Hebrews knew that there would be days when we'd forget to encourage those around us; that there would be weeks when being intentional in the lives of our loved ones would fall to the bottom of a very long to -do list.
And so there is grace. Yet, I hope that as the busyness of life takes its toll, we wouldn't forget to stop just for a while, to engage a friend/roommate/family member. More than time spent in front of the television, I hope that we're craving time spent building up new and old friendships.
What does community mean to you?
twenty-something, daughter, sister, friend, follower of Christ, lover of all things media. welcome to the journey girl trying to find her place