I grew up in a small town. Every stereotype you think about when you hear the term “small town” is mostly true. I have good memories from my childhood, we knew everyone, and everyone knew us. That wasn’t a bad thing, until my actions began to get me in trouble. We went back for a visit last week. My granddaughter and my nephew graduated from high school, and my nephew played in the state 5A baseball championship series.
We followed the charter bus through town for a parade of support for the team as they headed to the game. The high school had let classes out to see the team off. Local businesses stood by the road as we passed by screaming in support for their team. The local elementary school let out and had several hundred balloons in celebration of the accomplishment. Kids were yelling, parents were holding up signs, the local nursing home came out, wheel chairs and all to offer support for the team. Main Street was filled with family, friends, lifelong residents and general supporters for the team. It was so awesome to see. Small town pride is an amazing thing.
Riding right behind the bus, folks thought we were part of the team so we were shown the same courtesy. I think it was the beard. People dig the beard.
People feel a sense of connection in small towns. It was easy to support graduates and teams because there was investment. Local businesses invested in the community and school, parents and family invested in the kids, people paid taxes to support the schools, friends and alumni supported the efforts because of memories of past glory.
LIFE Groups are vital to our mission to make Disciples that make Disciples. The support we get and give to those in our groups helps us to encourage and love each other, support each other, grieve with each other, celebrate with each other…because there is an investment of time. Sharing life together builds the Body. Studying Scripture together promotes growth and understanding.
We were created to invest our lives in community. Join a life group. It matters.
We are better together.