We want YOU!

Did you hear that? (pause for dramatic suspense…)

Your future community is calling your name.

I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you where. But I can hear them calling.

They want to share life with you.

They want to serve with you.

There are communities everywhere that want need you to join their mission.

What’s stopping you from pursuing a mission and joining your new community?

The first step to joining your new community is committing with a group to a mission and identifying the roll you will fill. This is sometimes difficult, but always worth it.

3 questions to help find your mission and your community:

1. What are you passionate about?
How do you enjoy spending your time? What keeps you up at night? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Start with that.

2. Where are you needed?
Look around you. What role do people desperately need you to fill? Go do that.

3. What is right in front of you?
Sometimes the right answer is the only door that isn’t being slammed shut in your face. Just walk through it.

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#ManlyMonday | Jimmy V.

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“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Jim Valvano 

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Community is…

What is community?

I claim to live in community.

I write about it.

I tell people how important living in good community is.

Even still, I am left wondering how I would define and explain community.

If community is important we need to know what it means to live in community.

Recently I tweeted and asked people to complete the statement “Community is…” 

The responses were great.

Community is…

“unity through communication and practicing unconditional love” -Lauren Wojcik

“intentional, not haphazard” -Tim Fritson

“the lifeblood of living out the Gospel” -Mike Solak

“formed when all the individuals’ eyes are directed towards the Lord” -Jordan Abourjilie

“where you feel most comfortable” -Alex Fields

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You can be better.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I love my community.

They are talented.

They are funny.

They are motivated.

They are passionate.

They are encouraging.

They are caring.

They are active.

Need I go on?

I hope this month you have seen a glimpse of my community.

I hope this month you have seen a glimpse of a dynamic community.

  • The more I live life with my community…
  • The more I really pay attention to what they are doing in their stories…
  • The more I see the impact they have on people’s lives…
  • The more I write about them…
  • The more I realize how much I want to contribute with them.
  • The more their actions encourage me to be better.

I love my community because they continue to challenge me to be better.

They may not even know it, but everything they do screams (encouragingly):

“We’re called, let’s go!”

“You got this!”

“Join us, let’s learn as we go”

“You can be better!”

Day 30 of 31: I love my community because they continue to challenge me to be better.

One shot. One story.

When we view our life as a story, suddenly everything has significance.

People matter.

Decisions matter.

Events matter.

Everything matters because we only get one life; we only live one story.

I love when I see people taking ownership of their story.

I love when people view their story as important.

Not because it is better than anyone else’s, but because it’s their story.

A quote by Donald Miller from A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

“And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.”

Rapper Wisdom: Quote by Eminem from one of his many hit songs Lose Yourself.

“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime “

Day 26 of 31: I love my community because they are not afraid to live their story.

We’re just getting started.

The amount of growth I have seen in my community over the last year (or so) is incredible.

I have seen friendships grow stronger.

I have seen new people join our community.

I have seen perseverance lead to character.

I have seen people faithfully dig ditches and rejoice as they overflow with rain.

I have seen people carry others when they are weak.

I have seen people let others carry them when they are weak.

I have seen people laugh (a lot).

I have seen people pray (a lot).

I have seen people love other’s (well).

All of this in just 1 year.

1 year of growing community and we are just getting started.

Over the last year I have seen nothing short of a miracle in my community.

How many more miracles will we see in the following year?

2 years?

5 years?

10 years?

After 1 year we are just getting started.

Day 24 of 31: I love my community because we’re just getting started.

monday! monday!

If sunday is the day in our week committed to resting, recharging, and enjoying great community then there is no doubt that mondays should benefit from sundays.

Most people have slow mondays, dread mondays, or have a case of the mondays….

Not in our community because we have a secret weapon called Young Life club!    

Mondays are exciting. Mondays are active. Mondays are used to invest in others. Mondays are filled with Taylor Swift songs, funny skits, and sharing the gospel. In our community, mondays are the new friday (monday! monday! gotta get down on monday)!

Day 22 of 31: I love my community because mondays are the new friday.