When I was in high school, I had a few girls that I would hang out with on a regular basis, but over the years, we have naturally grown apart as our lives have taken us different places.
In college, I had a few friends, but never a group of girlfriends who I did everything with. I met my husband soon after transferring to my Alma Mater so most of my friends were OUR friends since we were together so much.
Fast forward to now…I am a mom of two little ones. My life revolves around cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, playing with my boys, and spending time with my husband when we can fit it into the day. But I still desperately need a community of women. Those ladies who I can go to on a rough day, who I can ask to pray for me, who I can laugh with, who I can cry with, who I can struggle with, and who I can celebrate with. Thankfully, through a community group at my church that started this year, I have found just that.
My tribe is not perfect of course…we are still getting to know one another. But I love spending time with them. We constantly update each other on our daily joys, trials, and funny moments. We pray for each other. And we get out and have fun together-just us girls.
So this is a shout out to MY TRIBE! Ladies, thanks for being a group of friends who constantly supports and encourages one another!
Who is your tribe? If you don’t have one, get one! Try striking up a conversation at the library story time, or with another mom at your gym? Guys, maybe you need to talk to the guy sitting next to you at work or reach out to some of your wife’s friend’s husbands. Community is not a girly thing, it is a Godly thing.
It’s right there in the FIRST chapter of Genesis:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
I am not here to debate the intricacies of the Trinity, but I feel that it is clear that this is at the heart of who God is – relationship and community. Community has been a part of God since the beginning, and He made it part of us from the moment His breath moved through our lungs. Adam never knew a world without relationship and community. He walked with God. Then, God gave Adam a constant companion in Eve, so he wouldn’t be alone.
Relationship is at the heart of who we are.
So…if you aren’t in community, think about it. It can be hard and scary. But on the hard days, the exciting days, the sad days…you have a group of someones who have your back.