In the last few years my definition of church has changed from a brick building with a zip code, to something much more wholistic: community. To me, community doesn’t always look like a vast sea of faces in a congregation, it can also look like a small group of four women who meet every Tuesday night at 5:30 to talk about their passions, struggles, and spiritual walks.
In Psalms 13:20 it says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” This Tuesday our small group took an actual walk, and as I reviewed the pictures, I saw our group as more than just a social gathering; we have encouraged each other personally and spiritually. As the Psalm says, they have helped one another become wise!
Last week I talked about dating yourself, an idea from The Artists Way, a book we are reading together in our small group. Because of the fellowship, community, and encouragement of these three women–Laura Whidden, Emily Carlson, and Heather Moore–I have not only discovered artist dates, but have found gumption to try new creative pursuits that will lend themselves to my ministry, career, and personal life. (One of those new creative pursuits? Photography!)
Do you surround yourself with wise people? Have you found community or church with those who encourage spiritual and personal growth? If not, try reaching out to one person this month! If you’re shy, search for an online community that will suit your personal and spiritual needs!