You need people around you. You and I both need community. I know that might be hard to remember if you’re a loner, or you think that people won’t understand. But you do need other people. Man needed a woman in the very beginning when God created Adam, the first man, and He said that it was ‘not good for man to be alone.’
This came hard to me these past few months. I’d been kind of struggling along, trying to work through some deep hurt and pain from last year, and it’s been bubbling over on a few occasions. I’ve felt lonely, hurt, broken, hardened, and even fought feelings of bitterness.
And the Lord is showing me the truth of these verses from Romans 12:4-5 and other verses from the Corinthians on the body. But the verses from Romans say, “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
The point? The point is that we need one another especially seen in the body of Christ Jesus. We’re a body. We’re a community of people who need one another to encourage each other. You don’t separate out the toes and put them over there or the kidneys and let them fend for themselves.
Thinking I could go about recovery myself and fighting my own mental struggles alone was a mistake. It’s still hard to swallow my pride and say, ‘Please. Will you pray for me? Will you walk beside me through this valley?’ Recovery from an eating disorder was the first place where I realized how proud I was, and how much I needed and need to be humbled in this area.
You can’t go it alone, and that’s what this podcast is all about; it’s a strong encouragement to FIND the body of Christ Jesus that can encourage you in pursuing freedom in and through Jesus Christ.
So in today’s podcast I talked about:
– Finding the right safe spaces to share the struggles on your heart
– How to share your struggles even if you feel uncomfortable
– Why a community is CORE to recovery
– Why sharing your struggles can actually help others open up
– Why recovery should be full of walking in the light
– Why walking in the light can be hard but it’s freeing
– Why social media tools can be wonderful additions to finding accountability partners for recovery
– Why You need to find friends who understand your situation but won’t allow you to just continue in the same habits
– Some of my best friend experiences from Instagram (Making Social media friends and meeting them in real life)
– Being wise about social media friendships
– Why opening up is humbling and freeing at the same time
John 8:12, ‘Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’
1 John 1:5-7, ‘ This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.’
This isn’t an easy podcast for me to make, because I’m not good at being open about my hardest struggles. My pride rises up; it thinks, ‘I don’t want people to think any less of me, so why would I tell them these things?’ Yet, by God’s grace I’ve discovered that this is the way He deepens friendships, the way He shows me how much I need Him, how much I need the body of Christ Jesus to come around me, help shepherd me and love me by pointing me to Jesus Christ.’
So this is my encouragement to you:
You need others. You need community. That doesn’t make you a ‘leech.’ It makes you human, and that’s a good thing.
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