Five Minute Friday: Support

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “support.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

As I walk through the challenges and blessings of my life these days, I’m very grateful to have the support of my friends and family around me.  And yet, I am also aware that this wasn’t always the case.

When I say that I don’t mean at one time in my life my friends and family were unsupportive.  But what I mean instead is that in the past I hadn’t let them fully into the struggles in my life, hadn’t relied on them the way I should have and had tried instead to navigate this life more on my own – quite unsuccessfully at times I might add.

You see there was a time in my life where I had isolated myself from others for various reasons. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fun.  What I have learned since then is I need the support of my community.  To let them in, to engage with them, to simply live life together!

This reminds me of a quote I just read in John Eldredge’s book, Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive:

“[Community] will reveal where you have yet to become holy, right at the very moment you are so keenly aware of how they have yet to become holy.  It will bring you close and you will be seen and you will be known, and therein lies the power and therein lies the danger.”

So may we all go forward today seeking to be seen and known and supported in our various communities. And to embrace both the power and the danger that comes with this way of living!

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