Community: Sharing

I’m an only child and I’ve always loved being the only one. There are many stereotypes about only children and some of them couldn’t be more wrong. Believe it or not, not all only children are spoiled brats or filthy rich or incapable of doing things on their own. However, as much as I hate to admit it, some of these stereotypes are correct. One that is true for me personally is that I’m not good at sharing. I’m getting better at this, but sharing is not always my first instinct.

I struggle to share my friends with others.
I struggle to share my feelings with friends.
I struggle to share my true self with those around me.

I am immensely thankful for my community where I am free to share who I truly am. I can be stupid, I can be goofy, I can make mistakes, I can fail, I can be my truest self, even my ugliest self, and they, somehow, are able to extend the grace to accept me yet again.

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Acts 4:32-35

Look at all the different ways these God-followers shared!

They shared themselves, their hearts and souls.
They shared their belongings.
They shared their testimony.
They shared their money.

What a powerful snapshot of what community can be!

We’ll never do this perfectly, so if you’re thinking about just how impossible this seems, know that you’re not alone. I’ll never perfectly share my belongings. I will always have to fight the tendency to keep myself to myself. My instinct will always be to hoard what’s “mine” instead of sharing it with those in need. But this doesn’t mean that we don’t have the opportunity to grow in this area.

Sharing is a critical component of community. And what a privilege it is! {tweet this}

What does sharing mean to you? How can you best share within the context of  your community?

To go Deeper: Read Caring and Sharing


Download Community: You’re Welcome at the Table, a free PDF, at sarahjcallen.com/community

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