why community matters…

Here’s a lesser known fact::
I would rather be a Lone Ranger
than be a Community Participant.

Community gets to be a mess,
lines get blurred, obliterated,
boundaries get crossed…
which often lead to
misunderstandings,
hurt feelings,
bitterness,
anger,
envy,
etc.

So,
often it
seems easier
to go at it alone,
to do the job my way,
on my time, at my speed,
using my own creativity and ideas,
than to open myself up for other’s input.

When I go at it alone, I wear myself out.

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church.
I Corinthians 12:12-27 NLT

I’m not created to go at it alone.

For a football season,
my boy’s last one,
I’m smack dab
in the center
of a group
greater
than I
am.

And,
it’s all good.
Because a big job
divided is easier than
the same job accomplished
by myself, in my time, and my energy.

It’s a lesson I need to learn over and over again.

Last night, community came together
and fed a BUNCH of boys…
100 to be exact.

The best part?
To those hungry football players,
it wasn’t just one person loving on them
but a whole community feeding their bellys and their hearts…

and that matters.

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