Community is a vital key to God’s kingdom and I believe that is why he emphasizes it so much. Paul stresses its importance when writing his letter in Galatians. God created us in multitudes for a reason, he paired the animals when the flood came, everything was created with community. God intended us to live in harmony with each other. Paul states that we should share each other’s burdens. We should live and grief together.
Tonight was an interesting night, I saw two bodies laying on the pavement…
Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?” Having someone beside you, doing life with you, being a friend, encouraging you in your downfalls and weaknesses is more important that we think some times. When we get hurt, sometimes we just want to lock ourselves in our rooms and bring a tub of ice cream and watch Netflix until we fall asleep. But having a friend who joins you in that mourning process means the world to you when you are hurt.
Tonight I saw a man who was depraved of community. I saw a man with no hope. No sense of future for himself. Full of anger and resentment. A week out of the hospital for suicidal thoughts… shoots his ex-girlfriend and tells the only witness to call 911 and as soon as the first cop showed up, shot himself as well.
He was looking for help! He needed someone to understand his feelings, to be there for him. He needed community.
Everyone is hurting some way or another. We need to start being there for others even if we do not know them. A simple hello as you are walking by could make someone’s day. Show someone that you care about them. Random acts of kindness should never be performed for publicity, only because it is what God calls us to do…serve others. It was Jesus’ biggest mission. He constantly served others. Even his jobs growing up involved serving others.
No matter where God has you in life, be happy and be a light to those who are having bad days. Cheer them up. God will reward you and you could save their life and gain an awesome friend who might in return save your butt one day! God always wanted us to have community with each other, so let’s do that and start being kind to each other and serving. Breathe Life…literally.