Community: 5 Reasons Why It Matters!

 

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. Corretta Scott King

Community: We all can benefit from it. It’s more than where you live.

com·mu·ni·ty noun. 

1.
a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

 

2.
a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
In the hustle and bustle of life, we can overlook the things that really matter. In this #HeartofMatter blog series, I decided to get on the topic of community. Picture yourself as a house. It needs a firm foundation. If the foundation is not solid, everything else will fall apart. Before we can lay other bricks, the basics are needed. Why is this important? Here are five reasons why.
  • Be surrounded by where you want to go. 

Especially as creatives and entrepreneurs, we need community. Our ministry can be unique because it’s outside of the traditional places such as the church. The best way to learn how to get there is by being surrounded by individuals that accomplished the task. That may mean getting out of your comfort zone. I’m a firm believer that environments matter. If that means creating a Vision Board to see where you would like to be, do that. Travel for networking events, read books, go to YouTube University to research videos, or whatever it takes to cultivate you. Master your craft. That’s how you get better at it.

  • Your relationships are vital. 

One of my favorite quotes I’ve heard recently is, “Iron sharpens iron. You can’t be sharp by hanging around butterknife people.” from Minister Felix Anderson. Relationships represent your community. On a romantic level, friendship, business, and so on. Just because you had some bad experiences doesn’t mean you create a wall so tall that no one can get in. Everybody needs somebody. That’s why God created community. Who are you surrounded by in your community? It’s always great to do an evaluation. You have the power to change that if it’s not appealing.

  • You could be the answer for someone else.

Think about all those ideas, thoughts, and abilities that you have. It’s not meant to be hoarded. It’s meant to be shared. That’s bible.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10. No one will know what you possess without sharing it. You can be the lifeline for someone. There’s wealth in wisdom. Be confident to know that you’ve been created to make someone’s life more colorful. Everyone has unique experiences and abilities that could be benefited for others.

  • Someone else could be your answer. 

Take a look back on someone that assisted you with a need. They bridged that gap to carry you over to that next level. When you remove pride, so many other avenues can open up. Your answer isn’t always there to give you something sugarcoated. When you’re under construction, it may taste bitter or shock you with something sour. Remember, the foundation of a community must be solid. You should be too. That is a requirement to not only be available to change, but also allowing someone to assist in that change.

  • Isolation is a disservice. #IssaTrap

By all means, don’t fall for it. Those thoughts can cloud your judgment to think, “I don’t need anybody. I can do this all by myself. No one is ever there for me.” Well, that’s some #alternativefacts dear friend. Isolation can put you in a dark place. Remember, you are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14. Isolation is not beneficial. It’s superficial and will keep you out of your promises into a rich life. Rich of love, compassion, impactful, and bountiful relationships. Life has its challenges. Where would we be without community?

 

Something to think about. Embrace your community. That’s what you call a real #GloUp

 

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Tamieka Smith

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