“People aren’t connected to friendly programs, they are connected to friends.”
I don’t know who said it…(feel free to educate me)…but it is true. It’s true for our students and it’s true for us.
We can attend friendly churches and friendly ministries but we can still be all alone.
There are lots of problems with being alone besides the obvious of being lonely.
We’re designed for community.
I was recently reminded while reading Awakening of Hope by Jonathan Hartgrove-Wilson that we were created in the image of a God who lives in constant community. (Trinity- 3 living as 1) We were created for community- it is in the natural of our Creator and so it is in our natural.
We’re better together.Â
Ministry is hard and consuming. Trying to reach and care for students alone is the road to fast burnout. Having friends (real friends…you know the difference, right?) allows you a safe place to be better through encouragement and by providing a sounding board for ministry. We’re better together…much better than when we are alone and isolated.
We can’t teach it, if we don’t live it.
Literally, 90% of my conversations with girls is connected to their friendships. We are always encouraging our students to have healthy friendships. Friendships that encourage them in their faith…and friendships that spur them on. But aren’t we a bunch of fakers if we don’t have those types of friendships. If we live and minister alone…we can’t teach or speak to the power of friendships.
We all need friends. Our students need them…we need them. What are you doing in your life to make sure you are living in community?