Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vulnerability (Part Three?)

The other night at House Church, we were talking about what it meant to be a part of true community, what it meant to truly be a part of each other's lives.

One of the things that I have been thinking about and that was brought up in conversation was the fact that true community (I'm thinking about the disciples community with Jesus, maybe), is a scary place to be. As Americans, we're taught that we're strongest on our own, to not rely on others. For me, I know that me by myself is an ok thing. I know my own gifts and abilities, I know the things that can be perceived as weaknesses and know when I hit that point of truly comfortable in my own self with those around me. I could go on forever just relying on being an "ok" me.

But, if we are in true community, we can't rely on just ourselves. We bring all our collective strengths and weaknesses to the table and say, "here, you'll see all of this in me. I don't necessarily like all of this, but treat it carefully." We take the risk of being "ok" mes and seeing what me "plus" looks like.

So, here's to becoming me plus.