By Robin Halvorson
I admire the American Spirit. The “can-do,” independent, make your own dreams come true spirit where nothing is impossible with enough faith & grit. However, I think a little too much independence has rubbed off on the American Church. I have watched Believers isolate themselves because they say they are not fulfilled by a particular church, or their gifts are not being recognized, or simply because they became offended and walked away. Many walk away from community out of an wounded heart that says, “I can do it myself.” But, we were never created to lived isolated from other Believers. In fact, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” We are called to learn, grow, and heal by learning to serve each other just as Jesus has served us with His ultimate sacrifice of love on the cross.
So, how do broken, processing, hurting, inconsistent, human beings learn to be vulnerable with one another and share life as we work out our faith and love with Jesus? Well, here are a few things I’ve learned on my journey with community:
Beloved, let’s choose to surround ourselves with authentic relationships and community as Christ ordained!
About the author // Robin Halvorson is a part of the Beloved Team. She lives in Roanoke, TX along with her husband, Jordan, two girls, Shiloh & Gabrielle, and her newborn son, Judah. She is a member of New Life Worship and leads worship for Tuesday Night Prayer. She is currently a stay at home mom. With a degree in Communication and Worship Leadership from Oral Roberts University, she was a public speaker for nearly 10 years speaking to students across Texas and the surrounding region about abstinence and bullying.