Leaning Into One Another's Lives
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
(Hebrews 10:24–25, ESV)
Too often we trudge through life on our own. We fear rejection and so do not open up with others about what we are walking through. We are busy and so hardly find time to connect with others … and if we do, it is brief and so finds little depth.
It is important we know we are not alone in life, but that requires we not only make ourselves available to others but also make ourselves vulnerable by opening our lives to others. To have these relationships means we must engage with others and take deliberate steps to be open and connected - even when we would rather not have anyone around or knowing what it is we are struggling through.
I believe the Prayer Triads that NCC practiced during the transition period were a brilliant idea! It would seem a practice that we each should continue for both personal and corporate reasons. Jesus did this … stepping away in order to engage with God personally, have the three disciples He was closest to, the twelve, and then those beyond. It seems the example places importance upon personal engagement with God, regular interaction with a small group, and then engaging with our church family.
Who might be part of a small group / prayer triad with you? Are you getting to know others in the NCC family? Are you opening your life to others in order to support, pray, share wisdom, be strengthened, to serve one another?