My focus this year is on creating and inspiring community. So far I’ve been reaching out more to people I want to create or strengthen relationships with, and attending more events I would normally skip. A few weeks of nasty sickness have held us back from socializing the way I would like to, but it’s let me focus on something else: getting back to the basics.
In my experience, community really thrives when everything else is pared down. When outside distractions, screens, and our busy lives take a pause, connection grow.
This was my thought as we approached the Lenten season. Now, Baptists don’t actually celebrate Lent. However, I’ve always been a bit of a secret Methodist, and I’ve celebrated Lent alone since fourth grade, when I met a Methodist girl who would become a close friend. She had given up pickled peppers for Lent, which sounds silly in retrospect, but pickled peppers were something she ate every day. It was a big sacrifice for a kid.