I find that people my age are looking for acceptance, a safe place that they can be themselves. a community.
You are thinking, “yes, this is people at all ages”
And you would be right. The reason I am mentioning people my age is that in the greater metro DC area this is an age group that is displaced, having come to the district to start a career. Often alone.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
My small group were such individuals. Almost all of them from other parts of the state. country. world. We have come together to support one another. admonish one another. pray for one another. laugh with one another. And so on.
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35
Last night I had the privilege of watching the women in my small group welcome two new additions. With open arms. With no reservations. It can be a scary thing to “change” a group that is functioning well. To invite “new people” into a group that is close and in sync with one another.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10
I am so privileged to be a part of a group the welcomes. invites. encourages change. Because we were all at some point the new person who was looking for community. We remember that feeling. Why would we let someone else try to tackle it alone?
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2