“Relationships are an important part of our lives, we need to share the laughter and the tears in community.” – Via, one of the most encouraging and tenacious ladies I know.
Michele’s take on nurturing relationships is the very definition and purpose of community. We laugh together, we cry together, we help with each other’s kids, and give a ride when the car won’t start. Online communities work in the same way. We gather around our common interests and inevitably begin to share pieces of life together within our circles. Sharing our load lightens it. Sharing our joy brightens it.
Many of us have the tendency to isolate ourselves when things aren’t going well. We may not want to share the ugly side of life, or we simply may not have the capacity for conversation. There’s a little danger in isolating too much as it gives depression and bitterness a chance to grow. Someone told me once, “Darkness can’t live where the light shines.” Sharing life in community helps keep the lights on.
Have you found strength in a hard spot when you stuck close to your friends and family? Will you tell us about it? Knowing that you’ve had a similar experience, and that we aren’t alone in this great big world can bring hope to someone today.
What is it you’re facing? Nobody goes into battle alone. We can stand with you. Let us know in the comments below how we can pray for you, or by submitting your story.
He will fight for you.