‘Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.’ – Ephesians 2:19-22
I am an introvert.
I am an introvert with social anxiety.
If I could, I’d be at home, day after day, not having to engage in any social interaction.
If I could, I’d rely on my own wits to get myself through life.
But there’s several reasons why I can’t.
Believe me though, I have tried.
It didn’t end well.
In short, it was a highway to the Boulevard of Broken Dreams that Green Day sang about.
But only me and walking alone are not what I was designed for.
I’ve heard it so often its become cliché, but we are social beings.
We are meant to interact with one another.
To draw strength from those around us when we need it and give it in turn when our friends are weak.
To build each other up, not try to stand on our own.
You can’t grow alone.
You are meant to fit together with those around you, to be a part of something larger than yourself.
A brick on its own is of little use beyond propping a door open.
Many bricks together create shelter. Be it from a storm, to bring people together, or to provide a safe haven for a new birth.
Community is vital.
Find your community.
Put down roots.
Reach for the stars.
But be rooted and grounded in the love of the Father and those around you.