Here are four simple ways to start pursuing community:
- Meet at least one person once a month for coffee or lunch.
- Set up a monthly phone call with a friend or colleague.
- Send a message to a small facebook group of trusted friends and colleagues just checking in and sharing what you’re working on or struggling with. Create a private Facebook group to discuss prayer and spiritual growth.
- Ask a friend to disciple at church or offer to pray for a friend in need.
We were sad to say good bye to a dear family at church many years ago. Little Emma was able to hear the Gospel through expository preaching at a young age. She was a good big sister, and a joy to her parents and the people at Christ Church.
A letter came to me yesterday from little Emma, who has grown into a young lady – a godly one. She plays the harp well, and sent me a video (above) because she knew it was my favorite hymn.
You have always been a special girl to me as a pastor, and today you made me cry with joy. Your kind words, and song of praise matters so deeply to me.
I believe the main reason, besides that we love your dear family and miss you, is that you walk with God. This is no small thing. You have a mighty Savior and Lover of your soul. He was with you through the hard times & will strengthen you through them, and not without them I’m afraid. “I have no greater joy,” wrote the apostle and the pastor John, “than to hear that you walk with God.”
I used your video to worship Christ this morning, and the harp is fitting for such beautiful music set to heartfelt words that long to keep Him always before our eyes until we see Him Face to face. Thank you so much for your email.
Soon you shall blossom into a godly woman. The Lord powerfully and richly bless you to be a blessing to many according to His faithfulness. May He be your vision.
Please send kind regards to your family,
Go, dwell on His love by sweetest song, and
Crown His Head with multitudes of praises.
Till all kings bow down to Him
and all nations serve Him.
(Isaac Watts’ Jesus Shall Reign & Psalm 72:11)
In Ernest Becker’s The Birth & Death of Meaning, Becker writes:
“Most of our life is in a large part a rationalization of our failure to find out who we really are; what our basic strength is & what thing it is we were meant to work upon the world.”
This secular-minded author believes the issue of identity cannot possibly be dealt with strictly in terms of scientific psychology.
Jesus long ago put it kind of like this: Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for? “Don’t be in such a hurry to go into business for yourself.” (The Message Matthew 16:24-27)