“Sharing is Caring!” – Have you said that to someone recently? Typically over your friend’s order of french fries, or your roommate’s fresh baked cookies? Or, perhaps it was a phrase ingrained in you as a child when it came to your precious toys, or video-games. In either situation, whether if sharing was imposed on you by a friend, or instructed by a parent, was it really caring at the end of the day?
On the other side of the coin, the concept of sharing is making a positive impact in our day to day lives. After living in the Bay Area for nearly 3 years, I’ve recognized that this city loves to share EVERYTHING & ANYTHING. If you need a car, we have ZipCar and City CarShare. If you need a room, you got AirBnB. And, if you want to garden, there’s always YardShare (for you aspiring green-thumbs). Also with the help of social media we freely share our personal lives. For every great experience we don’t hesitate to post a picture, retweet an inspirational quote, or share articles, playlists and videos. In this case we share our cars, rooms, services and our experiences because we do care about our neighborhood, city and social circles. But what about when it comes to sharing our burdens, baggage and struggles? This is where the church is different.
FiCB, our summer’s theme is “Sharing Life Together.”
“And let us 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.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
For the Christian, “sharing” takes on a whole new meaning and weight. It’s not sharing when we’re imposed or instructed to, but encouraged and blessed to. It’s also not a sharing when it’s convenient, when we’re not using our car, or need to make some extra money when our room is vacant. Nor is sharing controlled, when we’re able to edit, add or delete what is happening or what is really on our minds. We have the privilege to share life together because God called us into community with Him as well as to strengthen our faith with each other. With each trial or triumph, blessing or burden, the church thrives because we can share our lives together. Our goal this summer is to grasp what ‘Sharing Life Together’ really entails in both our walk with Christ as well as our college fellowship. I couldn’t help but share my excitement. Hope you’re excited too!
Stay Tuned for our FIRST Large Group of the Summer THIS FRIDAY!!