Tonight we had a wonderful time of visiting and fellowship with some dear friends and fellow staff from church. We toasted marshmellows, made smores, played basketball, blew bubbles, hoola-hooped, drank coffee, and had an overall fabulous time! (Thanks, Pastor Kami, for the delicious dinner and invite… it made our weekend!)
God has truly been showing me how blessed life is in community. My time at ENC was everything it was because of the rich community there. But several years out from college and several years in to marriage and children, life sort of takes over, and the sacred community of those times feels pretty far gone most days. Yet the Lord has been reminding me and opening my eyes again to the significance of living life in real community with others.
And just recently, I’m really blown away even by how much more I enjoy being a mother when I’m surrounded by people I love. So many days I struggle and have zero tolerance for my kids and am on the verge of loosing any ounce of patience I had left at any given second, and yet, somehow, the things that are intolerable when I’m alone with the kids just aren’t so bad with some good company around. It’s easier to laugh off a ridiculous temper tantrum. It’s possible to respond with a little more grace to a whiney request.
Several months back, in the midst of dealing with some internal personal struggles, the Lord led me to Proverbs 24:6, “…for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.”
Have you ever felt like there’s a war waging within you? Have you felt your emotions attacked on every side?
If yes, let me ask you this: have you opened up and shared your struggle with someone? Have you simply been vulnerable enough to share life with someone? Because you were not meant to fight the battle alone. Victory in Christ is yours. And still He has created you to be in community, real community with others. To share someone else’s load, and to share your’s with another, too.
I think also of the similar proverb, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” (Prov.11:14).
Let us not take on the armies of our problems alone, but surround ourselves with wise counsel. I think what most often comes to mind in seeking wise counsel is sitting down and having a formal meeting with a wise person or a professional counselor. But I am growing to see the power in surrounding ourselves with loving, caring, godly people in the simple day-to-day.
Just sharing life.
Let their lives speak into yours.
Just let them in.
And let’s see together if sharing life does not strengthen us and bring us a little bit closer to the victory and freedom we are destined for in Christ!