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TDC Core Value - Community - Connecting with each other
Romans 12:14-16 (MSG)
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.”
Sharing life with others is not only one of God’s desires for our life, but it is also His gift to us. It is absolutely a blessing and a challenge to open yourself up to community. We often have fear about being too vulnerable, and we sometimes experience shame because we feel we don’t measure up to the expectations of others or of ourselves. Yet, we ALL have these feelings. When we are able to acknowledge our feelings, we find that we are all in the same boat. It helps us feel less lonely and allows us to be in deeper relationship with one another and with God.
Prayer: God help me push the fear and the shame that gets in the way of building relationships with others and with You. Spirit encourage my heart to be vulnerable so that I can laugh and cry with the people you place in my path. Help me acknowledge my loneliness, so that it will propel me into relationships with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Reflect: As you consider yourself in relation to community, take a minute and write down the fears or the shame that holds you back from being vulnerable with those around you.