When one suffers in the community, we all suffer.
We are only as strong as our community. When we alienate ourselves or others it creates further division.
God has designed us to be in a community according to 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 which reads as follows:
“The body is a unit, though it is comprised of many parts. And although its parts are many, they all form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given one Spirit to drink. 14For the body does not consist of one part, but of many.”
The lack of cohesiveness in the community is the breeding ground for strife, discord, unrest, and confusion.
There are so many forces that desire to tear us apart, rather than to bring us together. We seem to think in a lone ranger mindset, and it causes us to feel alienated, misunderstood, and alone. We have seemingly lost our camaraderie and the need for vital relationships in our society. We live in a world, which oftentimes encourages alienation under the disguise of independence, self-made, do-it yourself theories and illusions; when the truth is that success was birthed in a viable community towards a common vision. No one gets anywhere by their self!
We all have red blood, we all have suffered loss, we all experience pain, or joy; yet we cannot see beyond our own injustices to see the commonalities that bind us together. This same mentality has caused our business, careers, and relationships to remain limited. Sometimes we ourselves have become stagnant in our ability to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, or physically, because we alienate ourselves from community.
It is easy to get sucked into what pulls us apart, rather than what brings us together.
The difficult task that we face is pushing beyond the current, and learning to set aside our differences for the common good of all not just self.
Community causes us to put our differences aside, and collaborate in commonality to make a difference, build better lives together, and serve outside of self-ambitions or motivation.
In a healthy community we can all win and thrive. Are you in a healthy community that seeks to support and strengthen you? Are you in a community were the people are focused on positive change that will improve your life and the life of those around you? What is preventing you from connecting with your community?