We chatted for a while and I realized I longed for community-authentic community.
We are wired as women to relate to one another. After being with women in an environment where there was no comparing, criticizing, or long looks, I really desire authentic community. There is such freedom in being who YOU are uniquely created to be. Why is it hard for me to extend the hand of grace and foster a sense of community with others? Imagine the impact that could be made for the Kingdom.
In today’s society, we are not taught how to build community. We are taught how to “manage” on our own and be self sufficient. It does “take a village” to raise our families, but usually we take the “I am good, the village is my last resort” theme to make it through. What a loss of relationships, help, and support for each other.
I grieved at an event the other day. Women looking up and down and at each, long looks of distaste for dress or not dressing up “enough,” and more.
I want to offer grace. I want to offer community.
Community means we recognize the need for each other. We recognize the cavern in our hearts that longs for relationships with other women. To know we are not alone. I am not great at it, but I am praying I can be better at fostering community. With people around me, friends that are virtual, and within my own family.
What does community look like to you? Are you open to community?