Strong Together: Building A Healthy Community
Strong together- I love talking about strength and how it relates to the community. I believe in the power of community, God did not create you to journey alone in this life. We are strong together- this reminds me of The Preacher in the Holy Bible, how he talked about community in a different way.
In Ecclesiastes 4 verses 9-12, “9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. ” (New Living Translation).
We need one another
I get fascinated by verse 12 of Ecclesiastes 4, “2 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. ” (New Living Translation).
I like to believe the third cord is God, the Father. The best community you can have that is strong is God, people and you.
So are you intentional about not journeying alone?
With the world’s current situation, our digital culture has boomed more than ever. We are all connected but yet some of us still feel alone.
With a culture that measures being connected based on likes, comments and followers. It can be easy to fall prey for the false sense of connection and disregard physical and face to face engagement.
Your courage and ability to be open minded gives permission to those around you to mirror the same.
Each time you decide to show up for others in a healthy way, you are tearing down the barriers of superficial connections with people.
You are giving yourself the opportunity to cultivate authentic, meaningful relationships with people.
Always remember your presence is a gift to others and yourself. When you show up for a family member, a friend, a colleague/classmate or a stranger, you are helping to fill the deep desire we have to be seen, heard and known.
So today, pray to God to teach you how to befriend others and also know how to receive from others.
Learn to ask for help when needed especially in times of transition or pain.
This is why I created a Moments With Dr Weyoms session https://drweyoms.com/services/ to help those who need help in accessing a community to help them in different ways.
You can read about building communities here https://youthcollaboratory.org/building-community