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[1: 1,925 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 19 of 42

In Journal on August 17, 2018 at 10:09 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 19: Cultivating community

This is a marriage of the previous chapter because it gives guidance of what will it takes to cultivate a community. I have a great deal of learning of being nice to strangers especially from the service business so this chapter taught me lessons.

  1. Cultivate honesty. You will have to care enough to lovingly speak the truth, even when you would rather gloss over a problem or ignore an issue. Better devastation and embarrassment than damnation.
  2. Cultivate humility. Pride builds walls between people; humility builds bridges.
  3. Cultivate courtesy. It is respecting our differences, being considerate of each other’s feelings, and being patient with people who irritate us. The Bible says, “We must bear the ‘burden’ of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others.”
  4. Cultivate confidentiality. It doesn’t mean keeping silent while your brother or sister sins. It means what’s shared in the group needs to stay in the group, and the group needs to deal with it, not gossip to others about it.
  5. Cultivate frequency. It takes a lot of time, an investment of time, to build deep relationships so not only meet when it is convenient but take the effort to consistently meet for fellowship on the conviction that it’s needed for spiritual health.

My favorite line in this chapter, “When you look at the list of characteristics, it is obvious why genuine fellowship is so rare. It means giving up our self-centeredness and independence in order to become interdependent.”

 

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