So today’s post will be a more personal one where I’m going to share some things that have been heavy on my heart lately.
I’ve really been struggling with getting rooted in my faith and in community. Because of this, I feel like the smallest gust of wind or wave of water is taking me further from where I want to be.
As a child of God, I have a deep need for community. A need to feel known, to feel accepted, and a desire to feel motivated by other followers of Christ, and for people to just genuinely do life with.
But despite this need, and a desire to want to pursue that community, I continue to stand on the sidelines out of fear. Fear that I won’t be accepted. Fear that I won’t feel like I fit in. Fear that when people get to know me, they won’t like me.
So, I keep to myself and attempt to grow in my faith solo.
Well, let me tell you something about trying to grow in your faith without community, it is a snail-paced process with more setbacks than you would have ever thought possible. The reason for this is that we have nobody holding us accountable or spurring us on but ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty bad about keeping myself motivated 100% of the time.
This is where community comes into play. When we have people constantly checking in with us in our walks with Christ, it’s harder to stray too far of the path. The way I picture this is as if a small child is walking down a path toward their parent. Without community, they can stray of the path and nobody is there to redirect them. By the time the child realizes where they are, they are lost, and further away than ever. With community, there are people lined along the path that redirect the child back on the path toward their parent.
I’m so tired of walking off the path and loosing my way. I’m desperate for people lined up along the path to help guide me to my Father.
So this month, my number one goal is to get rooted in community, and continue to deepen my roots in my faith.
Anyone else feel like the small child constantly loosing sight of the path to God?
What do you do to build and sustain a christian community in your life?
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