Busy Times Three

13 09 2007

Community is key.

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling to keep up with the “details, details, details” (as my dad used to say in football practice). And quite frankly, it’s nice to know that there are plenty of people out there that are even more busy than I am.

You’ve got Hebrew vocabulary that’s piling up on you along with the new grammar rules that you have to memorize. Then your other classes are 3 times more intense than you expected them to be in the first place. Then you’ve got your youth ministry that you can’t neglect. All of these things that we have to do, then, get in the way of the most important things in life like spending quality time with your wife.

I thank God that she’s understanding and caring and patient with me.

Today in our covenant group (that’s our small group/spiritual formation group at Truett) it was nice to hear that I’m not alone. Collin started talking about all that he’s struggling with, and I didn’t really have to say anything when it was my turn to talk other than “diddo.”

It’s just nice to know that you’re not alone. It’s nice to know that people care and understand. It’s nice when you’re not in competition to see who the “busiest” person is. When you have a group of people around you who actually care about what’s going in your life there seems to be a load taken off your back.

Basically, people need community. We need a place where we can go. Last night in the high school guys’ small group we talked about church and what church should really be. One of our student’s definition for ‘church’ was a group of people who come together for the purpose of serving others.

I like this definition.

When we have the kind of community that is oriented around service and unconditional love, we can sense something beautiful about life. We can sense why God put us here. Sure, we can still get weighed down by the everyday, but there is relief in community. There is joy in community. There is a sense of belonging. The community of church, the community of a group of people who serve one another, brings us closer to God and closer to experiencing life to the fullest. No matter how busy or bogged down we are, there is grace and peace and relief found in the people of God.

Yes, it is in a selfless community of believers that we see the person of Christ.

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