Courageous vs. Cowardly Community

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Community

I want a community centered on knowing and making Jesus known
vs.
I want a community centered on knowing me and making me known

I lay my life down for the good of my brothers and sisters
vs.
I lay my brother’s and sister’s lives down for my gain

I show up to give to others
vs.
I show up to take from others

When I see weaknesses in my community, I seek to help foster growth
vs.
When I see weaknesses in my community, I find a new, “better” one

I believe there is freedom to disagree on nonessential differences
vs.
I believe everyone should agree with my words as essential truth

I work hard for unity in the church
vs.
I find a new church in the face of disagreement 

I humbly recognize I contribute to the imperfections of my community
vs.
I don’t understand that I’m a part of the reason my church isn’t perfect

I look for ways to serve
vs.
I look for ways I’m not being served enough

I show up even when I don’t feel like it
vs.
I’m flaky at best

I want to encounter God on Sunday morning
vs.
I’d rather have a certain structure to Sunday, even if there isn’t room for God

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