When I was in college, I had the privilege of serving at a summer camp in Tyler, TX called Pine Cove. My job was to spend the summer with high school guys and point them to Jesus each day. Before camp began my first summer, our entire staff circled up in the gym one day and our director looked at us and said, “Look around. You will make deep and life-long friendships with the people in this room. Some of you may get married to someone in this room. Some of you may stand in each other’s weddings.” Honestly, I looked at him like he was crazy.
You know what? He was right. I didn’t find a spouse at Pine Cove, but you know what I did find? Meaningful community. There were people in that room that day that stood in my wedding. There were people in that room who are now life-long friends. One of the people in that room currently serves on our staff. I’ll never forget my time at Pine Cove because I learned about true community and the beauty of brothers and sisters in Christ serving together for Kingdom purposes.
This past Sunday, Dr. Jeff continued our “Changed People, Changing Lives” series by sharing about meaningful community, the 4th core value of our church. God created us to have relationships. We need each other. I need you and you need me! How cool is that? Jeff told us that in order to find friends, we need to be a friend to others. I was reminded of Proverbs 18:24 when Solomon wrote about “a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. We truly have an amazing opportunity to love each other at First Denton. Even though community can be messy, I truly believe God desires for His Church to be unified and focused on reaching our city and our world together.
Will you be a friend who sticks with others through the good times and hard times, no matter what?