If you are joining us for the first time, we are reading through Becoming A True Spiritual Community by Larry Crabb. We would love to have you join us. It’s a very casual time to turn the pages of our book together in an attempt to learn more about community. Feel free to look back over some of the comments from our previous chapters.
Laura sent us a snapshot of her reading all the way from Hawaii. Let’s try NOT to be jealous :-).
I wish we didn’t have to look at Unspiritual Community in order to understand more clearly Spiritual Community. In talking with a friend recently about a particular topic, she urged me “un-teach us before you teach us.”
Larry says in Unspiritual Community “we tend to either hide our problems or parade them. In neither case do we give. There is no reflection of the life of the Trinity.” I wrote a note in the book (I am good for making my marks like that) that reads…evidenced In “giving”.
I’ve spent time on both ends of the extremes he mentions. On neither end did I find peace. I’ve experienced firsthand becoming exhausted with the playing it safe. The relationships I long for now are the ones in which I am invited to unveil my brokenness and yet not rejected. Relationships where admitting brokenness leads to invitation to grow through it. Together. Walking alongside one or a few others.
I love Larry’s description of the spiritual friends we need: “..broken people who will provide safety for us to be broken, caring people who want us to live and believe we can live well, giving people who pour the life they have received from God into us, people of vision, who see the Spirit shaping us into the image of Christ. Without them, we settle for much less.”
Lord, please help me to keep from hiding, self-preserving, seeking only consolation and conforming to moral principles. You are my only hope.
How about you?
Did something speak to you in this chapter about unlearning? We would LOVE to hear.