Community in a Crisis

One of my favorite things about being a mom is watching my son grow and learn new things. His excitement over things that have become normal to me give me fresh eyes and a new perspective. I tell everyone that while he grows, I am growing as a person right along with him. Learning for the student and the teacher go hand in hand. 

Growing as a mom has really made me think about the people I have in my life. The people who are mentoring me, spurring me on. It also makes me think of the people I am walking alongside. The people who look to me to be an example in their lives. Do I recognize those people? Am I being intentional with the interactions that God has placed along my path? 

Hebrews 10: 24-25 says, “and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the day approaching.” There are so many examples of mentoring relationships in the Bible, from Ruth and Naomi to Paul and Timothy and so on. Now I know these people were not dealing with a social distance relationship, but as I read somewhere the other day, “social distancing doesn’t mean social isolating.” We can still be intentional with how we grow alongside others and “meet” with our community! 

The phrase “grow where you are planted” has been an important one to me for the past few years and has become even more real in the past few weeks.  I believe that in this time we are facing we can use it as a time of great growth in our relationship with God and others, or it can become of time of complacency and idleness. We can waste the unique opportunities we have been given, or we can use this time to encourage one another and keep one another accountable.  I encourage you to not let go of those relationships that you have been developing in your life!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Be creative in ways that you can do that during that during this time! Check in on someone younger than you. Ask someone you respect to hold you accountable to your quiet time every day. Be intentional with your relationships and find virtual community! Our family in Christ is so much bigger than a virus. 
Emily Crowe – Women’s Ministry