Wednesday, 21 April 2021

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Community

Community.  When we think of “community”  we automatically think of a group of people living in the same place.   But there is a different perspective of “community” that is so important.   One of the definitions of community is....”a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests,  experiences,  and goals.”  This is the “community” I want to talk about.

We all need this type of community.  With 7.5 billion people in the world, it sure doesn’t feel lonely.  Even so, it is so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives that we don’t take time to really get to know others.  Here’s the deal,  God didn’t intend for us to live in isolation.  He specifically designed us to desire and thrive in relationships with others.  We are our best selves when we are experiencing life’s highs and lows with others.  This is true whether you are single or married. 

Being in “community” allows you the chance to be around people at different stages in their life and journey.   It allows us to bear our burdens alongside one another.  Everyone has something to teach and to learn.  What it comes down to is lifting each other up,  learning from each other, and being the friend each of us needs.

We all have something to teach and to learn.  We all can offer advice, encouragement, and strength to another and we also have a deep need to receive the same.

3 years ago I went through a divorce.  I had been married for 25 years and have 4 daughters.  This was by far the hardest experience of my life.  Initially I withdrew and wrestled with deep pain.  I prayed and leaned on God but my mind, heart, and soul were so clouded with hurt that I couldn’t think clearly or process my circumstances and what to do next.  I didn’t think my pain would ever end. I couldn’t see the other side of what I was going through.  I realized I couldn’t walk through this time alone.  I needed support, encouragement and advice.  I needed a listening ear. I prayed God would lead the people into my life that could help me.  And He did.  There were a few people that came alongside me and helped me through this time.  And most of them had experienced divorce and knew exactly what I was feeling and knew the guidance I needed as well.  This is the type of “community” I’m talking about.  If I had tried to walk through this time alone I don’t know where I would be today.  We can also be there for others in the same way.  We can offer support, encouragement, and advice to someone that desperately needs “community”. 

Those people who walked through that dark time with me have also been there to celebrate and rejoice in my successes and change in my life since my divorce.  God has done amazing things, healed my heart, and brought a newness of life and joy that I never thought I would see again.  Those people have been there in these amazing times as well.  They have become my closest friends.

Scripture addresses this type of “community”.  “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...” Hebrews 10:24-25

I encourage you to seek “community”.   Do this for yourself.   Do this for others.  It truly is life changing.

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

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Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 

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