A while back, a young mom I know posted a photo on Facebook of her messy house. Now this isn’t one of those moms that takes every possible opportunity to air her dirty laundry (pun totally intended) on social media, but a normally very positive, and by most accounts, rather “put together” individual. I chuckled as I glanced at this look into her “real life,” but when I looked at the comments, the responses I saw were quite interesting:

“Makes us all feel more human.”
“Oh I love this picture!”
“Makes me feel SO much better.”
“Makes me feel normal!”

Why is it relieving to find out that other people struggle just like we do? Is it because we’re selfish and awful? Maybe. But I think there’s something more at play here. We were made to struggle together. As a parent of young children, it’s easy for me to fall into the trap of thinking that I’m alone; that Katie and I are the only people going through what we’re going through.

We were made to struggle together. Click To Tweet

This is a lie … and this is why we need community.

When I feel like I’m alone, I get discouraged, frustrated, and anxious. I go to bed at night staring at the ceiling, wondering where in the world I might find relief. But there’s something entirely different about going through life’s ups and downs together. It strengthens me to meet with others who are going through and have gone through the season I’m in. And it’s crazy how life-giving it is to encourage others who are walking where you’ve been.

It’s not on accident when the writer of Hebrews tells the church to “…consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”[1]

In a lot of ways, we’ve replaced face-to-face conversations with glances at timelines, Twitter feeds, and square photos. Often, seeing others’ perfected posts can lead to thinking that we’re all alone. It’s in real community that we know that we’re not!

So church, let’s live our lives together, knowing that community is a gift from the Father.

[1] Hebrews 10:25