For today’s Mindful Monday episode my husband Casey and I are talking about community. When we felt like we experienced strong community and aspects that we believe helped it to be that way.
Community: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.
The time in my life when I feel like I experienced the strongest community was when I was in college. And although I don’t see that group as often anymore, the girls I met there are still some of my closest friends today.
Casey would say he was part of a thriving community in his mid-twenties when he lived with a group of men who were all leading in the ministry Young Life.
But as we’ve grown older, gotten married and had children, that carefree intentional community we had seems further away which got me thinking… What was the recipe that made up that wonderful community and what can we do to get back some of what we’ve lost?
1. Live Together: First and foremost what probably made it so easy was the fact that we each lived with our friends. There was always someone around to share a conversation with.
2. Have Similar Goals: We shared common goals with the people in our community. I was surrounded by friends who all had aspirations to graduate college and Casey spent his time with people who desired to reach high schoolers and impact their lives. Having people in your life that are traveling down the same path as you draws you together.
3. Prioritize Their Time: During my college years I had very little responsibilities and tons of free time! My friends and I could watch a movie marathon or take a spontaneous trip to the beach. There wasn’t much standing in our way.
4, Share Food: Nothing draws people together quite like food! We both lived in houses where we were constantly inviting friends over for meals. Sharing a meal usually lead to other activities like game and movie nights too.
What about you? Where are you at with community right now? Are you currently in one that is thriving or are you feeling like that is something you are lacking? I’d love if you’ld follow along with us the next few weeks as we explore what it looks like to live in intentional community!
From my home sweet home to yours,