I think it’s pretty safe to say that the last few years have taught us that there is power in community.
For some, that community “setting” might be harder to find. The issue of loneliness was/is often highlighted in news reports- before, during, and after the pandemic. Loneliness is a very real and current challenge that many of us face.
Loneliness is a huge issue, because there is such an invaluable importance in having support available, having people that we can go to when times get challenging. This is when community can step in. I’m not saying that this is the ultimate answer to all and every personal issue. Counselling, reaching out and seeking help is always a good idea. But there is something amazing about having a group of people, those friends/family members that you can have on speed dial when the going gets tough.
When we might be having a challenging day or going through a difficult situation, there is something about having a group of people that are supporting you through it. Support can look like meeting regularly to have a chat and catch up. It can also look like praying for each other, sharing our stories and words of encouragement. Having that space of non-judgement, but of welcoming love and embrace can be a step in the right direction as we navigate through whatever we’re facing.
The bible talks about how we should stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together but encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:24).
This is such a powerful piece of scripture, reminding us that we are human, social beings. We were never meant to do life alone. Having a space that you can go to without judgement but instead encouragement, support and friendship is a stepping stone in the best direction for our lives. A direction where we keep our wellbeing a priority through spending time with others who want to grow and work on facing their challenges.
Stuck on ideas where you can find a place to belong? No problem, here are some suggestions:
There is always something going on at church! See what activities / clubs / groups are currently being held at your local church. The church community has blessed me greatly through many seasons of my life. It is my hope it can do the same for you.
- After school clubs / University clubs
I was an avid gamer in my teens (still have a love for it today, but adult responsibilities take more of my time now!) and was part of the video game society at my uni (yes that’s a thing and yes it was awesome). We talked and played games, but as friendships grew we done life together and still keep in touch today. Whatever you like, have an interest in find a group that does just that. Who knows, you can find friends for life there!
Alrighty I’m going to wrap things up here. I truly hope that this post has encouraged you to go out and explore what communities are at your doorstep!