I don’t think we could have asked for a better journey these last four years. Almost to the day, four years ago our season as a family here in Texas began as we were welcomed openly and warmly as the newest members of the Woodlands Church staff team. The people of Woodlands Church accepted us and…
Together We Fight
The idea of true community is beautiful when practiced
Within the last week, I have seen a stunning portrait of community. I have witnessed many of you, strangers and friends alike, rally around my transparency of struggling with discouragement. Many have taken the time to encourage me in my journey while others bore witness to struggles they themselves are witnessing in their own journeys. For all of you, thank you.
Thank you for being transparent.
Countless have messaged me saying that they have been encouraged in their own unique stories by realizing that others were and are “in process” struggling as well to fight off the weight of discouragement. There has been certain catharsis of sorts in our realization of a communal contention with discouragement.
Vulnerability and transparency has given way to the encouragement of many. This is community, people journeying together on this road of life.
Even my own reservation in my internal debate to post the blog, along with what I have heard from many this week, points to an alarming truth.
People feel alone in their battle against discouragement.
They, as I, had bought into a lie that we were isolated in our discouragement, buying into a lie that we are unique in our feelings of lacking, frustration, dissatisfaction, and discontentment. Somewhere along the way we have allowed these facades of truth to cripple us in silent isolation.
But, the truth is we are not alone.
Our battle against discouragement and doubt is commonplace and it is a battle that cannot be marginalized by not giving voice to the feelings that live within us. We must expose it for what it is and dare to walk in the company of others on the same path. As we walk our interwoven stories will become a certain sense of strength and encouragement to carry on, though it may be only one step at a time.
Lets become people who refuse to be silent and isolated. Lets live stories of transparency and vulnerability. Lets choose to be real people, facing real problems, with feelings, looking to deal with life with those who are willing to be real as well.