Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Community: Our Need For Friends (Part 1)

By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. ~ C.S Lewis

We need solitude. In fact, if we can't stand to be alone, that, in itself, tells us something in our interior is out of balance. Certainly, a thinker like C.S. Lewis enjoyed his own company. But Lewis also knew the importance of community. He was aware there was much more to himself than even his keen insight could see or his great intellect could sort out. He knew that in the presence of community previously unknown facets of himself could be uncovered and then integrated into the whole man God intended him to be. He knew that without interchanges with different people much of who he was as a person would lay dormant. Community is the catalyst to bring to light, to life, into focus, and fruitful employment a well rounded man.

Think about the different people in your life. Think about the different facets they have revealed. How have they have called you up and out of yourself?

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens the countenance of a friend. ~ Proverbs 27:17


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