I was just scrolling through my own Instagram page. Call me lame if you want to, but I love doing that. It’s the highlights from the last few years of my life and it’s just fun to look back on what’s happened. Old adventures, happy memories, sad goodbyes. As I scrolled through the photos I’ve been … Continue reading On the Importance of Community
Disclaimer. None of what you are about to read is real. Don't get me wrong, it was a very real experience for me. But the following did not happen in real life. I'm amazed at the creativity of our imaginations!
The atmosphere changes and people realize that they're about to be encouraged. A slight tension still lingers as they quickly realize they also have to give encouragement. For some reason we all love to be encouraged, but it's hard to give encouragement. We feel too vulnerable in that moment. Awkward, even. We feel like we might get it "wrong" - like encouragement could be a bad thing. So there's a long pause. No one wants to speak up first and yet everyone wants to be the first to get encouraged.
As it turns out, alone time can actually be healthy. (Who would have thought?) Especially in the "preventative" sense. Instead of waiting for the crisis, when I end up almost crashing, it was actually way more satisfying to spend at least an hour or so each day alone with my own thoughts and Jesus. No music, no TV, no podcasts, no other sounds. Just the heaters clicking every so often and the sound of my own breathing.
A few weeks into the year and I have already realized: Good intentions only get us so far. I've been struggling to find a way to make these things stick. Because even if they do sound like silly New Years resolutions, I actually want to change and grow in 2017. But how can I do that?