The Gift of Community

For my last October break of my college career I went up North for my wonderful friend’s birthday. This lovely group of ladies has been with me since the very beginning of my college career and it’s so crazy to look back from freshman year to know and see how much we’ve grown.

As my remaining chapter of college is coming to an end, something that’s been on my mind is how we grow with one another in community. Every person that I spend time with has such incredible qualities that make our group of friends a whole. Each person in the picture above is so incredibly different from one another and I feel like it truly reflects how God sees community. 1 Corinthians 12: 18-20 says “but as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  If all were a single member, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” It warms my heart to see these wonderful people in my life and see the unique strengths of each person that makes our friendship grow.

Wisdom: If I didn’t have my friends by my side to guide me in times of confusion or trouble, I know I would put myself in some crazy and unfortunate situations. Those wise friends understand how you’re feeling and push you to make the best decision and truly listen to where you’re at.

Honesty: This is the friend who always tells you how it is. They’re an open book about who they are and they’re not afraid to speak their mind. Even when it’s hard to be real about how you’re feeling, you can always count on this person to cut the tension and ask the tough questions.

Hospitality: I always feel loved and cared for by the people that are constantly serving others. They use their actions to bless the ones they love and find joy in doing so. They never complain about doing it because they love to look out for others in a behind-the-scenes kind of way.

Quality Time: No matter how busy they are, this friend is the one that never turns their back on you to talk. They are always willing to be with you and listen when you need it. They are incredibly loyal and will never let you down.

This is only the beginning in listing how many amazing gifts that each of these women possess. I’m so thankful that all of us are incredibly different, yet come together and create a group of people that looks out for one another in different ways. How boring would we all be if all of our friends were exactly like the next?

College has taught me a lot of things, but my friends have taught me more. I’m so thankful for the people in my lives who have been on this journey with me from Freshman to Senior year.

 

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