When we moved to Georgia, our biggest hurdle was community. We were leaving friends who had seen us through ups and downs and who in spite of those, loved us anyway. We were headed into what had been uncharted territory for many years: being unknown.
We knew that we needed people, but the sheer energy of relational learning curves seemed so daunting. But then Andy Stanley gave this sermon about small groups. The bottom line was clear as day:
“Circles are more important than rows.”
Basically, just showing up to church isn’t what builds lasting community. Community can’t happen until you join around a table, a living room, or a coffee shop to dive deeper into each others’ lives.
We knew that taking a leap into joining a new small group wasn’t an option.
So we jumped.
And we landed in the company of good people who love Jesus and want to be real with each other. We’re all still figuring out the dynamics and the relationships, but we have hope for this new group of friends.
I say all that to say this:
Don’t wait. Stop over-thinking it. Jump into community.
Yes, it’s scary. Yes, you may get hurt. And yes, some of your excuses are actually valid.
But think about it.
Can you grow as a leader —as a person— without having someone speak into your life to call you on your junk?
Can you expect others to stand with you, if you’re not willing to stand with others?
Can you weather life’s storms without someone to prop you up?
Jumping into community is worth the associated risks. After all, life is meant to be lived together.
I’d love to hear your thoughts:
If you’re not connected, what keeps you from joining community?
If live life with others, why are you thankful for the people in your life?