Community

Posted by on April 27, 2012 in (in)courage, Courage, Five Minute Friday, Friendship | 12 comments

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”


It was His idea, this concept of community, the idea of families–everyone having a place to fit in, to live alongside one another, to share each others burdens, and joys.
I’ve lived in community my entire life and only now, right where I am , have I ever felt this at home.
Community has the power to hold us up, to encourage out hearts, to circle around us and protect us. And that’s what we all want from community.

Safety.

Love.

Encouragement.
That’s what community should be.

I experienced a heightened level of that community last year at the (then) Relevant Conference. I’m looking forward to a second helping of it this year at Allume.
But between then and what’s coming, there’s community right here.

Right across town at my church, the MOPS group I coordinate. The friends I sneak off to have dinner with occasionally, and the ones who come over with their gaggle of kids and we watch the children learn the art of community, while we feast our spirits on each others words, our stories, the sharing of our hearts.

Community’s messy and when we really get involved we get it all over ourselves, but messy doesn’t mean bad. It’s just what it is.

I’ll take the messy over the sterility of shielding myself from connecting.

I lean into the coffee dates-turned-therapy sessions.

I’ll show up. I’ll keep giving all I’ve got, because maybe there’s someone who really needs a piece of it.

Show up.

Be real.

Make friends.

Share your gifts.

Let God use you in His community, and watch what happens. It’s amazing.

{While we’re on the subject~ There’s this little web cast conference happening today, put on by my favorite community, (in)Courage. Even if you can’t attend it with friends, I hope you’ll join in anyway. That’s a community you won’t want to skip out on.}

Joining Lisa-Jo and fabulous others this morning for Five Minute Friday, where we cut the words loose for just five minutes, and see where they fall. No editing, just encouraging the others who play along.



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  • http://www.pruningprincesses.blogspot.com/ Laura

    There are times, like now in my life, when community is just being built because too much moving make community hard. And it is now that I am thankful to blog and (in)courage. I signed up to host a meet up, but no one could come….maybe next year? 

    • alwaysalleluia

      Laura~ Oh I know the strain of moving and starting again. Praying you are encouraged through the online community, and today with the (in)RL webcast. My viewing will be a quiet one as well, but I am ok with that ;) Bless you, friend.

  • http://www.ourwrightingpad.blogspot.com/ richelle

    “Community’s messy and when we really get involved we get it all over ourselves, but messy doesn’t mean bad. It’s just what it is.”

    I really liked this… sometimes it is easy to think messy means bad because it means work… so NOT TRUE, as you wonderfully pointed out.

    blessings!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Richelle~ I am plenty guilty of assuming messy will be bad. What grace I am finding when I allow myself to wander int far enought to get it on me… blessings to you, my friend.

  • HopeUnbroken

    “circle around and protect us.”  yes.  that, to me, is community at its best.  
    have a great weekend, kris!
    steph

    • alwaysalleluia

      Indeed. That is such a powerful image in my mind. Grace to you, my sweet friend.

  • Ro elliott

    I’ll take the messy over the sterility of shielding myself from connecting. Yes…it is such a risk…but I have come to see sterile if far worse than messy…have a great weekend…blessings~

    • alwaysalleluia

      Amen! God bless your weekend!

  • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

    “I’ll take the messy over the sterility of shielding myself from connecting.”  {Oh, I see Ro loved this line, too! :) } Yes, it is just so good — and I celebrate your courage, friend, in being willing to go where He calls, in all of community’s messiness.   All its beauty, too.  Don’t want to miss it!  Bless you!

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    spilling our hearts does get messy, doesn’t it! so worth it…
    Beautiful, encouraging post as always, Kris.
    and I’m honored to be among your community here.  Thank you for showing up, for being real, and sharing your gifts. You bless me so!

  • http://undergodsmightyhand.blogspot.com Caroline @UnderGod’sMightyHand

    Ooooh, I love all this, Kris: “Community’s messy and when we really get involved we get it all over ourselves, but messy doesn’t mean bad. It’s just what it is.I’ll take the messy over the sterility of shielding myself from connecting.” Yes! 

  • http://www.mercyfoundme.com/ Jacque Watkins

    Love your words and your heart. May you have a marelous day tomorrow. What a privilege to be in this blogging community with you!