When the idea of living a “full” life comes to mind, many of us may think of someone who has achieved most of life’s big milestones. Graduating high school and college, moving away from home, getting married, having children, maybe pursuing a career or traveling the world. All are instances that make life a little more exciting, each stage moving into the next. Something that makes each milestone of our life especially significant is that we get to experience them with the people around us. When we celebrate the big moments with those we love and care for, it makes the memories that much more special. The same goes for the challenging seasons of life. When faced with confusion, divorce, breakups, death, or any other struggle, the situations seem a little more bearable when there is someone to help and support you. Just think of how much more negative our country would seem without communities coming together to face this season of disease.
We were created to live in community with one another. We were created to form meaningful friendships. We were created to invest in and cultivate relationships throughout our lifetime. God doesn’t want us to go it alone. In fact, He purposefully places the people you know in your life for specific reasons during specific seasons. You were meant to be a light to those around you, encourage those you love, and reach out to those who are harder to love. Not only that, but other people are meant to do the same for you! God didn’t just give us relationships so we could enjoy life together, but so we could also point each other back to Him. However, in order to allow others to point us back to the Lord, we need to allow ourselves to be fully known. This definitely takes a lot of vulnerability and trust.
Sometimes we can convince ourselves that we are just being independent, but it’s good to be aware if independence is shifting to isolation. You may not know how impactful it can be inviting those you trust into the highs and lows of life. God doesn’t want you to bear things alone. Start thinking through and searching for people you know, who can speak truth into your life and point you back to Jesus. Ask them to pray for you and maybe ask to pray for them as well. Nothing makes our Father happier than seeing His kids showing love to one another!
Reach out and ask a friend/family member/neighbor if there is anything you can be praying for them about. Then, tell someone you trust (it can be the same person or someone else) what it is you’re struggling with and ask them to pray for you. Remember your small group leaders are always there for you, and you can always find community through Insideout and Northpoint!
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.