This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Romans 12:10 (ESV)
Today, I am reflecting on the value of community. I am talking about my community that extends beyond my immediate family, circle of friends and neighbors. I think about community particularly in the workplace.
Usually, if I am working on a project with a group, I am not doing much outside that project with the group. I am singularly focused on an end goal, and completing the project successfully. During this time, I may not see anything else outside of that.
Depending on the magnitude of the project, there may be a celebration of some sort at the end but along the way, I’m not really interacting with anyone on that team except for the work. For instance, I’m not inviting anyone out for a cup of coffee or suggesting we grab a bite for lunch. In other words, I am not capitalizing on those opportunities to connect at a more genuine level.
What I observe are a couple things. The first is that I am in the community, but I am not nurturing that community. The second thing I’ve realized is that when I do this, it can lead to frayed relationships, even relationships that are professional in nature only. I’ve learned from experience that it can put a strain on a relationship if it goes unfed. It’s just too much of a strain sometimes on that relationship to leave it unfed. You don’t get to go to a deeper level.
The apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of feeding relationships, being part of the body of Christ, and moving together as brothers and sisters.
The Words that I am using to teach myself are “Love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 (ESV)
Tomorrow, let’s talk about hope. Please share this reflection with others. And today, touch someone’s shoulder and embrace your community!