I’ve been absent, but for good reason. I have been spending a lot of time, searching, purging, and getting closer to God. This first topic I would like to talk about is ‘Community’. All of us are a part of a community, most of us are a part of several. Community can be defined as :
2 a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
I’ve pondered this definition and began to analyze the communities I belong to . I realized that many of my communities are not having much success because the members don’t have the same vision/goals. I mean, ‘unity’ is in the word. Imagine going to the gym with a friend who says they want to get fit. You arrive at the gym and things start off well, but 30 mins later your friend is eating donuts and drinking pop. They say ‘trust me we’re still going to get fit.’ Would you believe them? Or would you find another partner with the same mindset?
It amazes me, how communities will clearly see there is a foundational issue. But continue to move forward without questioning the problem. A lot of the blame goes to the leaders of these communities. They see the disturbances , but ignore them , but then become outraged at the chaos. Or worse the leaders are the agents of chaos, and they ignore the needs of the community. To use a familiar example our U.S. Government. No matter your political affiliation , we’ve all witnessed selfishness, manipulation,and fabrication all for the benefit of our government over the years .
As citizens we start to question the very statement “We the people…”. It’s more like “We the peasants and they the rulers”. When the community looses focuses of the health and prosperity of the whole, the the community ceases to exist. Am I saying that there is one solution that will make every community member happy? Absolutely not. I am saying sometimes you have to remove the wrench in the wheel or get a new wheel! Belonging to a community involves maturity, and the knowledge that some days it’s not going to go your way, just as long as it goes the right way.
And the right way is the way of truth, love, and integrity. You can NEVER go wrong following that path. If a community is not walking that path, find a new one, or be the catalyst for change in that community. I personally , vote for the second.