IS BEING A PART OF A GROUP/COMMUNITY IMPORTANT? IF SO, WHY?
God looks at all of His creation, sees what He’s made and says, “it is good.” Every time He’s done with work, He admires it and says, “it is good.”
Of course it is! He’s God!
But when He looks at Adam, the first man ever created, He notices something that doesn’t look right. And how can that be?
Adam was made in God’s image, He was art, made by the very powerful hands of the almighty, with love and kindness. Adam was endowed gifts and a purpose. Adam existed to work and was tasked with responsibility.
Quite frankly, Adam was the man.
Yet, God looks at Adam doing his job, going about his business, and says, “It’s not good for man to be alone.”
WHHHHAAATTT! Did God make a mistake?
We were meant to live in community to help one another. God says, “I will make Him a suitable helper.”
Everyone needs help, no matter how gifted we are. Adam was created on purpose, with purpose, and God literally breathed him to life. And still, God saw that Adam needed help.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12English Standard Version (ESV)
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
(That means we will gain more together than we would separate).
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
(That means we’re screwed if we mess up.)
11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
(This means another person can help you get what you can’t get on your own).
12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
(There is strength in partnerships. There is power in community.)
Don’t do life alone. Don’t do business alone, Don’t do ministry alone. It’s simply not good to be alone.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GROUP/COMMUNITIES I CAN BE A PART OF, AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER?
You can be a part of a mastermind. This concept comes from Napoleon Hills: Think and Grow Rich. He interviewed some of the most successful people of his time and noticed they all met and shared ideas.
That was key to their business and creative success. It’s a group of like-minded individuals who put their brain power together to help each other, therefore creating, a mastermind.
You can be part of a church group or ministry. This is pivotal to your walk with God. You can’t flow in your pursuit of your purpose if you don’t know the one who gave you that purpose.
Church groups pray with you and allow you grace to grow in life in spite of the inevitable struggles.
You can be part of a networking community. This is where you look for referrals from people to help your business in terms of getting clients or job opportunities.
You could also be a part of groups that are themed for growth in the specific area that you’re looking for. These groups help you stay accountable to the collective group and they tend to create bonding experiences over shared learning experiences.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TYPE OF GROUP IS RIGHT FOR ME?
My question would be, what do you need and where do you want to grow?
This comes from John Maxwell’s philosophy that you should be grow focused instead of goal focused.
SHOULD I HAVE ANY EXPECTATIONS GOING INTO THE GROUP/COMMUNITY, AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO TO GET OUT OF BEING A PART OF A GROUP/COMMUNITY?
Open minded. Every group is different. There is a culture that every group has. For the most part, public groups are open to growing become the more the merrier.
You should come with a willingness to connect and to share before you can ever ask.
Don’t expect to receive first. Always expect to give, support, encouragement, prayer, resources that you use.
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- Fredy J. Romero