I was in West Sussex at friend’s house along with 20 or so other friends, and on New Year’s Eve we decided that it would be a great idea for us all to go on a walk. We set off in a convoy of cars; however, as we got closer to the place we were going to park, the weather was getting worse and worse. When we arrived, I went to get out of the car, and immediately got back in and shut the door. It was one of those moments where you’re just like: ‘nope, not today’. The rain was virtually horizontal. I feel like this photo of me pretty much sums up most of my thoughts on the weather that day…
But, we battled through; with scarves and hoods up, all we could really see of each other were our eyes. Once we got going, it was actually quite fun, we had a couple of balls to through around and we also had each other’s company.
If I had gone out for that walk on my own, I am 100% certain that I would not have got out of that car. But, because we were all there together, we got out and had fun. Yes we got wet, and some of us got very muddy, but we had fun.
In the same way with being a Christian, doing it on our own is hard, but knowing that we are walking it out with other people makes it so much easier.
An African proverb says this: “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together”
Sure fast may be fun, but it will be short lived. Going far it so much more satisfying.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:26 “And if one member suffers, all the parts share the suffering; if one member is honoured, all rejoice with it.”
A bit like a sports team, if one member makes a mistake, the whole team suffer together, but they support one another through it, and if one player plays their socks off, the whole team celebrate with that player.
When we are united, when we do life together, as a team, it is far more enjoyable, far more fulfilling and we get so much more done!
One thing that we love to do is called a ‘321’. Essentially, it is an intentionally time of community with a couple of Christian friends. You meet at someone’s house from 3pm until 1pm the following day, we play games, read the bible, and have great chats and community.
If you’re interested in doing something like, please do message either myself or Jamie, and we’d love to get something set up.