We were created to share our lives with others. I totally believe that. In fact, in Acts 2 we learn about the community of Jesus followers who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (verse 42).” The passage goes on to say that “all the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people (v 44-47).”
I totally believe that we were created for this kind of community, a place of sharing life, and our hearts, with each other. It’s necessary. However, that often is not our reality. We’re pushed and pulled to and fro by our responsibilities, obligations and expectations. We often ‘can’t make the time’ to fellowship with others.
BUT. I’ve found that receiving the soul food of community doesn’t have to include a huge chunk of time.
An hour-long walk here and a 30 minute conversation there are just as good. These little nuggets of time can be enough. You don’t have to devote an entire day or afternoon, so stop waiting. Call that friend for a quick chat. Meet weekly for an hour-long coffee date with someone who warms your soul. Take an evening stroll with your husband and children. Invite that girl you’ve hit it off with in class to come to your house and make dinner.
I’ve started walking Monday nights with Brittany, a friend I’ve known for just a few months. We meet up, walk for an hour and talk. nonstop. She’s a gem, and we relate to each other in so many ways. That short time together is incredibly refreshing, and I give her a squeeze goodbye completely energized and filled to the brim with lovin’, ready to tackle the mountain of homework that is inevitably waiting for me.
So, I want you to ask yourself – Are you getting soul food these days?
No? Get your nuggets, dear.