How do you literally make friends as an adult? We share our thoughts on growing up and having friends in school, and our experiences with friendships from then to now.
To befriend people involves you to step out of your comfort zone and quit being a kid and just to go out and talk to people and get to know them, no matter who they are, their age, their social status, or anything. We have to break the clique mindset that we had in high school We have to do the inviting and that can be scary. Making friends is a choice, and we have chosen to make friends and to live life with.
Now, let’s talk about community. Building community begins and ends with you. When you are a part of a community, you feel like you belong and you feel like you have dignity and purpose, even if it’s virtual. People generally do not like to feel alone in experiencing what they are feeling. We like to share our feelings and our struggles with others and want to seek relatable connections and experiences.
Sharing our own feelings and what God has done for you can be a personal way of connecting and sharing the good news of the gospel. It can be as simple as sitting in a circle and sharing stories and past experiences. The enemy really wants to isolate us because he knows that we are more stronger together than apart so if there are opportunities to be a part of community, pray and ask God for guidance.
Now, how to start to be a part of a community or to build one? Sometimes, you will have to be the one to start a community where you are at – it can be anything you are passionate about, like an activity, or something you love to do or talk about. It can be at church, where other like-minded believers will be there to encourage you on your walk and relationship with God. Or it involves moving to a different neighborhood that encourages and makes community building a priority. Or just getting creative with where you are at.
Disclaimer: You have to find the balance of building your community and maintaining your friendship & family relationships and your marriage! Just be sure to not neglect all of them for the sake of community. But, remember you can’t do it all and that’s okay – just do what you can and God will honor that.
Bible Verses Mentioned: Hebrews 10:24-25; Galatians 6:2; James 5:16
Resources Mentioned: Church Hunters Series (Season 3)
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