The other night I had a dream about something that I frequently try to share with people in my counseling office. The concept that we talk about is the power of sharing community with others. In the dream, I went shopping with a group of friends that I pray with on a daily basis via a group texting application on my phone. In my dream, we went treasure hunting to a store, and each of us found and bought a treasure that would be personally meaningful to us. I woke up thinking to myself that the dream was such a great analogy about life. We are more likely to find treasures, and be able to hold onto treasures, when we lean into the strength of those we walk with in life who are mutually giving. I can only hold so much weight in my hands if I’m just using my hands but if I have other people coming alongside me, the weight of what I can carry is significantly larger. Finding a community that you can lean into can many times be a complicated process and it is important to find people who are mutually giving and caring. It’s so important that you examine how the persons you bring into your life interact with others so you can understand if they are selfless or selfish. Despite the difficulty in finding community, I see the difference in the lives of individuals who can lean on a community when they’re going through a hard time or when they’re understanding and moving into grasping a hold of their vision. Treasures are waiting to be released to people who choose to walk with others.
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.