I remember how just a few short weeks ago I wanted to move out of the dorms at Regent University. I had just started my Freshman year of college, and moving out of my house seemed like the greatest thing on earth.I mean come on….its what we dream about right?The day finally came and I was on my own. My parents moved me in and then they went on their way. I remember laying there in my bed, the first night, and thinking, “Holy smokes, I am on my own.” It was exhilarating to say the least.Classes started and life started to get stressful. I began to hate living there. It is hard to go from living with your family to living in a dorm–especially when life begins to get stressful.Before I knew it, I felt alone and isolated. I had friends there, but there was something missing, my family. I remember talking to my mom and telling her that I was considering moving out after fall break and living at home. She told me to just give it some time and see what happens.The weeks went by and I began to get more and more discouraged about it. I hated it, and all I wanted was to be home again.
But then I got a curve ball.
In one of the my most stressful weeks, I got sick. This wasn’t just a little cold that needed a pat on the back a glass of tea for me to be on my way. No. I was out. The next thing I know, I started getting text messages from people on campus telling me they love and asking if I needed anything. I had people stop by and bring me soup, meds, and even Five Guys (I know right?? Coolest friend award).
The crazy thing?
I didn’t even tell them I was sick.
I laid there just beyond stunned by the love I received. When I felt alone and isolated, little did I know I was living in the middle of a community that loved me. That love is what makes me stay. I love every second of living on campus at Regent University now. I would never have it any other way.
Why? Because of the love of the community.
Community is one of the most important things for a person. You need it. We are called to be a part of it. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:14-27,
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
We are all a part of the body of Christ and well all have a role. Find that person that is hurting and who feels alone and comfort them.
Show a little act of kindness to someone you don’t even know today.
We say we want to see a change in the culture of this country; then start now. Start on the individual level. Love someone today.