“By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (The Message)
In high school, I went on a mission trip with my church youth group to Memphis, TN. We worked during the day in the Memphis summer heat repairing roofs on houses, painting, and getting to know the homeowners and their children. At night we had different activities that included playing games, having devotions, and singing praise and worship songs.
The leader spoke one night at worship about the importance of accountability and the importance of having friends who are “like minded.” My three best friends and I decided that night to be an accountability group. We prayed to hold each other accountable to making Godly decisions, to pray for one another, and to challenge one another in our Christian growth. For the past nine years, we have done just that for one another.
God has created us for community. He has created us to “do life” with other people in order to encourage us and challenge us in our relationship and journey with Him.
Life is more fun and purposeful with people by your side who share common beliefs as you. At Greystone we are automatically provided with many uplifting friendships that benefit our relationship with the Lord. Hold on to those relationships and build on them to help you be encouraged and challenged in your walk with the Lord.
What does community look like in your life? How can you glorify God with your relationships with your friends?