In search of community – when in doubt, make it up.
Now that my kids are grown and out of the house, I work alot. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked alot the last 24yrs. It’s just that the pay was worse and my clients had runny noses …and slept at my house!
24hrs in a day
6hrs of sleeping
2hrs of sleeping in front of the TV
9hrs working (or being at work)
2 hrs for small group or meetings or shopping or Dr visit or family or just sitting down to- dare I say- read a book!
What are you left with? ONE HOUR! is my math right????? And complete anonymity amongst my neighbors, I might as well be in witness protection!
M solution? Random Acts of Anniversary! OK, I hear ya’. It’s lame. I know. But it works.
(declare an “anniversary” 1yr, 2mos, 3 day anniversary! bring treats! your co-workers might even start being happy you work there!)
Acts 2 Community:
A co-worker and I were talking about Acts 2 communities and that they really are hard to find. You have to go to a 3rd world mission field to work, live and worship together. But I wondered if it HAD to be that way? So we started being intentional about “hanging out”. Sounds simple. Not everyone wants that kind of community. Not everyone’s family wants that kind of community. Not everyone lives close. It takes work.
Here are some of the things we have done:
Office lunches and watch The Office -or just crack jokes
Book studies/small group before work
11pm Rambo movie
Opening night of Narnia
Team parties quarterly
Opening night of “Caspian” with families (my 3 yr Anniversary!)
As the realization that my workmates ARE my community grows, I am more committed to being purposeful about my relationships. Anniversaries are really a celebration of relationship. Relationship is required for community.
What do YOU do to create community where you are?