“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.”
– Millard Fuller, Founder Habitat for Humanity
Love and Community
“Community” is those people around you who as a group provide the love and support you need. They are the first people to share good news and the first people to console bad news. People often forget the love part of community. We have friends, family, colleagues, associates, online followers, and others that all share some interest or association. Are these people “community” or are they “connections”?
We all have connections — at work, in school, in the neighborhood, online – facebook, twitter and other places. We are connected to people having the same religion, working the same occupation, and sharing the same interests.
But is that “community”?
If you tweeted “I just lost my job” how many of those people would come over right away to console you? You will find lots of help from friends, family and associates. People you barely know will lend a helping hand. But who is there to deal with the pain, with the suffering, and make sure you use those connections to get your next job?
Ask yourself this — “Are you loved?”
Followed by — “By who?”
The answer is always “YES” to the first question. Sometimes the second is a bit more difficult especially if you’re going through a tough time.
Trust me there is always someone who will help. And the first way they help is through compassion (another form of love) then through comfort (also love) and finally through assistance (love in motion). It may be a family member, a pastor, a friend, an old buddy from school you haven’t seen in a while, a trusted colleague at work, someone. And yes, one of the people just listed might actually be the reason your going through a tought time. Now is not the time to turn to that particular person!
Love and Community
The answer to the second questions is the key. It is those people that first come to my that are your community. Never forget that and never forget there’s always someone there to support you because there’s always, somewhere, somehow, in some way
love and community.
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