I’ve got to get out more!

go fast go alone far go together lord of the ringsSo, it was one of those awkward times when you have to go out to work but that really you just want to stay at home and hide. At least that is how it started, but I am glad to say that it is not how it ended.

I’m just back from an evening with some members of the Orchard church family and we had a great time. I would quite happily of stayed at home and collapsed in a heap but after spending an evening with this couple and talking about how they are finding life, family, work and church, I feel really energized.

British society has become far too individualistic and many of us need to rediscover the importance of community rather than thinking that the ideal is to isolate ourselves.every

I believe that God didn’t create us to be alone, he wants us to relate to others and to live in cooperation and codependency with them.

How is community living going for you?

Do you feel a part of your community? If not, why not? Jesus told us to love one another, so if we aren’t engaged in loving relationships  with the people around us then we haven’t understood a part of what he is asking us to do. Jesus didn’t say, ‘love others only if they love you first’ or ‘be a part of a community but only when everyone else is 100% committed to it’. We often blame our lack of engagement on others when really the quality of the relationships that we have is something that is primarily down to us.

If you are in a season of life where you want to withdraw and be alone constantly then can I encourage you to come out of hiding and engage with the rest of us.

My prayer is that we would realize that spending time with others is something that is essential for life and God that doesn’t want us to live in isolation.

Jesus told us to love one another and that is just one of the many things that he commands us to do that we can’t do by ourselves.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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