They forgive you for just about anything.
They acknowledge you hate talking on the phone, so choose other ways to communicate.
They don’t judge or explode in anger when you…ok, me…when I am late.
They ask the questions that no one else would dare to ask me. Questions that challenge me. Questions that dig into my junk. Questions that make me take a hard look at myself, then discern and pray more faithfully.
They remember things about me that I sometimes wish they would forget.
They walk with me when the road is smooth, and stick with me as gargantuan boulders get tossed in my path.
They change their plans when they know they are needed.
They pass the tissues when my eyes start leaking…however rare that might be.
They see my dorky side and like me anyway.
They know I value time spent above any other way to grow relationships.
They tease me about my obsessions, and gracefully ignore my social media through Duke basketball season.
They remind me I am called, I am held accountable to God alone and the Holy Spirit is alive and active.
They see God alive in me, and hold me accountable to living a life that points back to him.
They don’t encourage me to fight on my own, they fight besides me and even in front of me…as God gives us strength, passion and purpose to fight injustice.
I will never be able to accurately and completely put into words how much warmth it puts into my soul for the community God has placed around me. From college friends to future friends…I am greatly blessed.
Community is life. Community is loyal. Community doesn’t disband when disinterest rears its’ ugly head, or the road gets rough. God did not intend for any of us to be alone. God gives you people that just ‘get’ you…truly see you for who God has created and grown you to be. And more often than not, God uses that community to speak into his Kingdom. To be a visual reminder of how the world is supposed to be…restored, healed and whole.
Community is a beautiful reflection of God’s heart for us.
But the reflection doesn’t count unless we commit to taking his message out into the world. It doesn’t count if we just hole up as a club of people who like to hang out. Jesus didn’t tell the disciples to take his message to each other. That makes God’s reflection in us look awful.
When we humbly and honestly live sent for God, he ignites his mission in not only our lives but within our community. Our lives completely surrendered to him with everything else…family, work, recreation and all the communities we exist in…pointing back to Jesus.
So to my community here’s to the adventures we’ve had, for those we will ignite in others and the ones to come…your loyalty, love, encouragement, time and honesty puts an indescribable warmth in my soul and fuel my passion to reflect God’s heart in this world.