How Community Saves Lives

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The power of community teaches us that we're not alone and that together we have the ability to make a difference in the world.

This past week I attended the Allume Conference in South Carolina.  The goal of Allume? To offer a gathering place for kindred spirits to connect, learn, grow and be refreshed so they can persevere in being a people who bring hope to the world as God calls them to do.

After spending three days listening to some amazing speakers – Ann Voskamp, Gari Meachem and Jennie Allen to name a few – I left feeling refreshed, encouraged and supported by an amazing community of bloggers.

When I jumped on my flight to South Carolina, I was expecting to learn about how to improve my blogging skills through the weekend.  Sure enough, I was right. I left feeling inspired and refreshed to share my words in an even more effective way.

However, as I sat on the plane waiting to take off for home after a crazy wonderful three days, and while discussing my recent trip with a fellow traveler, I realized that what I really learned was how powerful and wonderful a community can be. 

Defined as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals,” community is something that can be so special and rewarding.

At Allume, I was reminded that:

A Community Can Increase Your Happiness: Being reminded that we are each loved and accepted for who we are can have a positive effect on our happiness. When you join a community with others who share common interests, you feel a sense of belonging, which in turn, will make you happier.

A Community Can Increase Your Personal Development: This was extremely evident this weekend at Allume.  From learning about how to grow your blog or how to tell the hard stories, to growing in your faith, to listening to God’s calling for each of us, the women in this community grew personally, professionally and spiritually. This is something I will take away: the opportunity to connect, grow with, and learn with other inspiring and faithful bloggers.  You can too by checking out the entire group of keynote speakers online.

A Community Can Save You Money: Think this sounds like a stretch?  Think again!  Many communities are right out your front door. Create a community in your neighborhood by teaming up with others living near you.  Get your hands dirty together, give back, and share the talents and blessings God blesses us each with.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Start a neighborhood garden, or even a service share.
  • Provide your neighbors with access to your lawnmower in the summer and ask if they would provide you with a snow blower in the winter.
  • Create a neighborhood carpool for getting you kids to their sports team, church groups, or music lessons.

A Community Can Grow your Faith:  Community reminds us that we are not alone.  God often asks us to do things we do not feel comfortable doing.  “I don’t have the skills to be a blogger,”  or “I don’t have the strength to talk about that topic,”  we often find ourselves thinking. But with community, we are encouraged and supported to share our stories, to have a voice, and to make a difference.

Written by Kendall Jackson

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