I read this blog post I’ve attached and it got me thinking.
Peter and I not infrequently host dinner at our house. Most of our friends and community group peeps have been over at least once, sometimes many times. When we were in an apartment we had people over, so when we moved into our house almost two years ago, we could have even more people and bigger families!
Our church is centered around our weekly small groups, which we call community groups. We meet once a week in a home and share a meal and talk about the sermon and our lives. These communities have absolutely changed us and our faith walk over the last five years.
Community is so essential. When you need friends, when you need support, when you need meals during sickness or surgeries or new babies, when you when you need advice you can trust, when you need a recipe, when you need help moving, it’s so important to have your people. Yes, life can be lived in isolation. But it’s so much easier and more fun when it’s with other people. We can’t even remember what it was like when we tried to do it by ourselves.
My parents never had non-family over to our house. It was probably because the house “was always too messy” or mom was too tired or whatever. For being very religious people, who were at every church event, we weren’t in “community” with others. My husband’s family was similar.
I love community. I’m making an attempt to have even more people over at once. People we know from different walks of our lives, meeting each other, sharing a meal and stories of diaper blow-outs and work jokes. This week will be our first attempt at having more than one family at a time (other than for holidays and birthdays), and our friends don’t already know each other. We have a nice big table with leaves, but we only have six chairs. We just bought an additional four folding chairs on Amazon, set to arrive on the day of our feast.
The food won’t be anything overly special, the house will be somewhat but probably not 100% clean. But the point is to be purposeful about filling our lives with the only thing that really matters in the end- people.