I am currently sitting in a very crowded coffee shop during my school’s dead week (the endearing nickname for the week before finals). There’s people chatting about algebra and people debating political science. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I can’t help but smile.
I think to myself,
There’s something about a coffee shop during dead week. There’s community in the fact that we’re all fighting this stress together. It’s not a rare sight to see someone crying from grades or exhaustion. It’s also not rare to see people laughing and making memories all while trying to study for tests. Community looks different to everyone. It could be your Delight chapter, your study group, your small group, your friends, your church group, your accountability partners, or your family.
Community is important to Jesus — we can see it in the Bible. The 12 disciples were His community; the churches in each city were a community; the Israelite’s had community as they traveled throughout the land. Through Christ, we are bound together in community.
Belonging to Christ, we belong to one another. Through Christ, God has made us a family. We have a God-given support system. What a blessing this is: as we face the inevitable trials, troubles and tragedies of life, God supports, strengthens, encourages, and empowers us through the people He carefully places in our lives. This is God’s plan.
Randy Frazee, the author of The Connecting Church said, “The experience of authentic community is one of the purposes God intends to be fulfilled by the church. The writings of Scripture lead one to conclude that God intends the church, not to be one more bolt on the wheel of activity in our lives, but the very hub at the center of one’s life.”
Community is essential to our spiritual well-being and our spiritual growth. God has a purpose for putting us together: the closer we stand in community, the more we will be able to endure. We need others and others need us.
The journey of life, faith, and college can be trying, difficult and painful. Community is our resource to push through that. It is drinking coffee with friends, praying with accountability groups, and it’s even spending time cramming for finals in a coffee shop.
-Zoe Campbell // @hello_its_zo