Do you ever feel left out? I can relate. Sometimes we just don’t feel like we fit in – we don’t have anything in common with our co-workers, classmates, or neighbors. Feelings can be deceiving. It’s comforting to know we were created by a God who designed us for relationships.
We were made to have a relationship with God and with others (click to tweet). It’s neat to see this pattern began way back in the Garden of Eden:
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him…And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Genesis 2:18,22; KJV
In Adam and Eve’s case, they became husband and wife – a family. Friendships are valuable relationships too. Stepping outside of our own world and connecting with others is important.
Value of community
Whether we’re part of a family unit, a church, or a group with similar interests (art, music, etc.), there’s no denying the value community plays in our lives. Within community, lots of things happen. We can:
*share our concerns
*offer words of encouragement
*learn from each other
*support one another
Love is powerful
Jesus emphasized the importance of our relationship with Him and others:
…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Matthew 22:37, 39 (emphasis added)
Love lets us reach out to others without expecting anything in return (click to tweet). It helps us focus on others instead of ourselves. Embrace the relationships you were created for and thrive in your community.
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for creating me for relationships. Help me love You and others so I can be an encouragement and support to those in my community. When I obey what you tell me to do, You meet all my needs. You’re a good God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I’ve recently released a 10-week Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful. You’re invited to join me as I teach through the study on Facebook live beginning Wednesday, September 7th at 12:00 noon (EST). This information-packed, 11-week series will challenge you to stay connected to Christ so your life will make an eternal difference.
Weekly lessons, live teaching, and discussion will make this an opportunity you don’t want to miss. You can pick up a copy of the study here. Be part of the community and get ready to be outrageously fruitful!
**Not available at noon? Not a problem. Live videos will remain posted on my Facebook page, so you can watch them at your convenience!
Do you ever feel left out? I can relate. Sometimes we just don’t feel like we fit in – we don’t have anything in common with our co-workers, classmates, or neighbors. Feelings can be deceiving. It’s comforting to know we were created by a God who designed us for relationships. We were made to have […]
Those three simple words are FILLED with GREAT POWER! You have permission… to go after your dreams! to love! to start over! to quit! to rest! to make new friends! to put yourself out there! to let go! to cry! to laugh! to hurt! to heal! to be brave! to be weak! to be yourself! […]
Join us this weekend as our hearts and prayers are with those in Louisiana recovering from the massive flooding. Our writers are family – and several of our past authors hail from the great state of Louisiana. We are praying especially hard for them and their families and friends in the midst of this life […]
“How many times must I tell you …” Parenting would be so much easier if only we all had recording devices we could play back at will. When a behavior arises, simply fast forward to the appropriate statement, point the device at the infracting child, and hit play. Then walk away, problem solved. Imagine how […]
Did you know that the Dyson vacuum cleaner is named for Sir James Dyson? Dyson was frustrated with the Hoover vacuum he owned because it would lose suction. He came up with the idea of cyclonic separation to create the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner in a universe filled with replacement, disposable sweeper bags. Dyson […]
Do you know how to be like Jesus? Here are 20 ways to look, act and think like he did.
This week, my family and I are packing for a beach trip. While I’m thankful for an opportunity to disconnect, I long even more to be in a place where I feel the Holy Spirit is tangible. I’m convinced—these feet are shaped for standing on sandy shores, contemplating the miles of majesty in an emerald […]
My husband and I are raising two little people. Sometimes when we’re talking to our 6 year old, he’s quickly replying with “yes ma’am” or “yes sir”. No doubt there are times that his quick agreement comes at the cost of fully understanding what we’re asking of him. He’s 6, so I get it. But isn’t this […]
Looking for the Garden of Eden Susan Aken God Sees You Shannon Geurin Inspired by Kevin Bacon to Connect the Dots Kelly Stanley Will You Rise Michelle Discavage Why Do “Good People” Suffer and “Bad People” Prosper? Kris Williams
Recently, a co-worker gave me a wonderful perspective on this dilemma. Maybe the seemingly unfairness of “bad people” appearing to be blessed while “good people” suffer is evidence of God’s love for those who do not know Him. MAYBE He is allowing unsaved people to be blessed now because HE truly understands how terrible hell is […]
54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. (Luke 8:54-55) Jesus healed a woman with an issue of bleeding. A twelve year problem is solved with one touch of Jesus’ robe. […]
I took a humanities course during my freshman year of college. As much as I now love to read and write, discussing classic literature right after lunchtime made me especially sleepy—warm classroom, full tummy, and the lack of sleep caused by the near all-nighters I pulled regularly as an architecture major. But one day the lesson woke me up because my professor was […]
I was on my way to church, gripping the steering wheel as if I was hanging on for dear life. The girls woke up cranky. The oldest refused to wear the outfit I picked out and the littlest pooped all the way up and out of her diaper which caused me to change her outfit […]
“And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed…Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’…And the man and his wife were both naked and were […]
Everything from THIS week, all in ONE place! Rubik’s Cube Algorithm Alisa Hope Wagner Discerning Right from Almost Right Leah Adams When You Sign Up to Give Your Heart Away Anne Dahlhauser Turning What We Think About Submission Right Side Up / Part 5 Susan Lawrence My Neighbor is a Convict […]