We were designed for fellowship
First a confession: I am a San Francisco Giants fan. I have been since the early ’90s, and the recent run of success has been great fun for me now that I live close enough to attend some games. The reason I mention this is so you understand why I said yes to an invitation to attend a meeting in San Francisco last week. Driving nine hours round trip to be in a two-hour meeting seems a bit much, unless someone offers you a free ticket to the Giant’s game after the meeting.
As I was working out my schedule for the trip, an acquaintance in Placerville emailed me. He was going to the same meeting (and game), and he offered to meet me and ride together. While I didn’t know him well, lots of people that I respect had made good comments about him, so I accepted the offer.
Some of you are thinking: Being with other people is great Others are thinking: There is nothing worse than being trapped in a car for multiple hours with someone you do not really know. Yes, I can see it going both ways, but sometimes you have to take a risk. If the trip turned out well, then that is great, and if not, I still got to go to the game.
We ended up having a great trip. The weather was beautiful, the coffee was delicious, and the conversation was wonderful. He and I had more in common than we knew, and as we talked, there was a sense of both encouraging each other and being encouraged. Part of me wondered if there would be anything left to talk about for the ride home. Between the Giant’s winning and recapping the meeting, there was more than enough to talk about. Our ride ended before the conversation did.
The ride from Placerville to home gave me time to reflect on how great it was to have someone with me on the trip, and how that really is part of God’s design for us. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We really are designed to live life in community. As human beings, being alone on the journey is unhealthy and unwise. We need others to encourage us along the way, whether we’re flying down the highway or sitting in traffic. We need other people.
So let me encourage you: find a church family if you don’t have one yet. You need people to go with you on this journey we call life. It is how God has designed us to function best. The people may not be perfect, but then neither are you, so don’t worry. Just find some encouragement for the ride.
Pastor Bill McCready of LifePoint Church is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.