Friday, July 19, 2013

Belong (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute Friday

What does it mean to belong? To really be a part of community. And how do we define community? There are some very specific thing community is not. And there are some very specific things in Scripture that communities share. Life, meals, possessions, and decisions. But beyond that don't you have room to create your own version of community?

I have so many ideals playing in my head of what community should be. And usually what happens in real life is none of that. And you feel like you're breaking the rules when your community is outside of the norm. But families and lives and relationships are broken and that makes for mismatched communities.

My people are the two other couples and one two-year-old. Part of my community is a nearly 21-year-old friend/intern and a few Puerto Rican neighbors. My community is young and old cigar smokers on a patio in Downtown Orlando.

I belong to a people of pain and mismatched ages and diverse career paths. Friends are family you choose for yourself and that's where I find my community. Where I belong.

Today our community of writers is writing on the topic of "Belong." Consider joining us here?


  1. lovely :) x
    visiting from #fmfparty

  2. I like that you have freed yourself to find community wherever it happens, rather than making it conform to a certain structure. I happened to notice you are attending the Allume conference (saw your button). I'm looking into this as well, and I'd love to hear what made you decide to go (sortof off topic, huh?). Anyway, stopped by with Five Minute Friday, and wish you all the best! :)

    1. Thanks for reading and for your encouragement.

      I went to Allume last year for the first time because I knew I wanted to be more serious about my blog and in order to do that I had lots to learn. It was hands down the best conference I've ever been to. Not only was all of the content superb but the atmosphere was amazing and the team doesn't miss a single detail. Feel free to ask me any other questions you may have and if you decide to go maybe we could meet up?

  3. Friends are family you choose for yourself- love this quote! Thank you so much for sharing!