I think our world is having a crazy moment. Or something. I seriously would love to but everyone in a world-wide time-out and let them think about what really matters. I mean come on.
We need each other. Let me say this again. We need each other. Stop being against each other. Work it out.
Yes. I’m very aware that people want their own way, are self-absorbed, and often downright cruel. But, it seems worse than ever right now. Or, maybe I’m less tolerant of the humanity problems built on “what’s in it for me?”
It seems to me that human beings disapprove, disappoint, and distance themselves from one another faster than the speed of light. There doesn’t seem to be time or space for taking a breath and choosing to work it out.
Of course, the amazing and marvelous internet does not help. Before you can take time to count to three, someone has tweeted, posted an instagram, sent a snap-chat or posted on facebook how awful life is, taking time to build themselves up while totally rejecting anyone who has a different thought.
The strongest of souls can be harmed for a lifetime with a few words strung together with a #
If, you can’t tell . . . I’m in a mood . . . tired of the hurt and harm that seems to come from every direction. People–please start loving each other. PLEASE.
BECAUSE let me tell you it’s an awesome moment when people from different directions, opinions, circumstances, and generations become a community who love each other.
I know. Impossible. Given the current rise of hate.
I’ve seen and experienced what can happen. Less than two years ago, most RDC people did not experience life together, let alone choose to be a community. A shift in how we were all living occurred when we willfully chose to take the time and space in our life to build community.
There it is: Community–a big word that changes lives—displacing the ugliness of what can occur between one another. It requires each of us to be intentional with the time and energy we have, to determine it’s worth it, and yes, to LOVE.
And, my friends, this is sacred.
It’s not that a community is perfect or free from the messiness that plagues humanity; however, it means we are in the constant process of being united and committed to one another because of LOVE.
Some people try to convince me they are not into all of this; I simply respond we are made for being a part of a community; it’s key to health and wholeness.
And, when you and I put God in the center of the community–well nothing is impossible–hearts can actually sing despite disagreeing and seeing life differently.
The community is church–the word that’s been dragged around, muddied, and rejected-century after century. It’s nothing new–the church has been disregarded forever. And, yet, it’s vital for this generation and the next generation and all those who come after to understand–being part of a faith community–church–is key to living the best life. The stuff that no one likes about church can be worked out if, you and I are willing to be a part of the solution and stay in conversation during the process of change.
BECAUSE–we really do need each other–with God’s love infusing and transforming us.
Let’s stop the crazy. I encourage you to take a time out–think about what really matters– a community that LOVES!
It’s simple: Love God. Love one another. BE LOVE–Kerrie
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