More than likely, we have all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The importance of community to us individually, and our families, cannot be understated. When I look back at my life, even back to my childhood, I can plainly see the “village” that helped me become the man I am today. I can see the village that helped me become the father and husband I am today. I can see the village that has helped us mold our children into who they are today, and who they are becoming. Without a strong support group in life, it is easy to see that many of us would be far from filling the potential that each of us possesses. The unfortunate reality is that most of us are the product of a broken home at some point, and I would venture to say, all of us have carried some form of brokenness in our lives. The purpose of the village is to help us navigate through these difficult life experiences.
Well, what or who is the village? The village could include family, close friends, mentors at work, clergy members, etc. I think about the people in my life who have greatly impacted me. The people that come to mind for me are my parents, my grandpa, friends, extended family, and various church members have all impacted my life in some amazing ways. Without these people in my life, I would not be who I am today.
As Esther and I continue our life journey together, probably the most important source of community for us, after our families, is through the church we attend. I do not want to think about where we would be, or wouldn’t be, if we had no church community the past few years together. The Bible says, “iron sharpens iron”. Not can our church community be a blessing to us, but we can also be a blessing to our community. In my humble opinion, community (relationships) is what life is all about. If I have nobody to share my life with, it really ends up being empty. Even someone who has dealt with social anxiety (me) in the past, can clearly see the importance of pushing past my fears and comfort zone to develop community.
Tell us about your village. How has made you who you are today? How has it saved you from calamity, or further calamity?