Friday, June 15, 2007

Being part of the neighborhood

Its no secret that gangs, cults, etc. have gained such a following over recent years. It's also no secret that what attracts people to these organizations is the notion of belonging.

I believe part of the Proverb 31 woman leaving her lamp on, is her investment in her community--her perspective of belonging to the community and that her community belongs to her. We recall a time when neighbors watched out for neighbors, etc. The long standing joke is always how someone's mother was the community mother, watching out for each child as if they were her own.

So, why do we not do this anymore?
Where does it say that we should be familial isolationists...that we should stay in our own little huts and allow the world to swirl on the outside?
And, where does it say that we should only help Christians, those Christians who believe the same things that I believe anyway?

In verse 18, the Proverbs 31 woman arrived at a place where she was confident about who she was, to whom she belonged, and for what she was living. She'd arrived at a place where she had great self-perspective. We've been evaluating her steps to getting there for the past 6 weeks.
These are the pinnacle verses. Because once you are self-aware, with a good dose of self-respect and confidence...you've arrived. This type of arriving is not quantifiable, except to be able to say--my life is fruitful...it is profitable.

I think its part of our "arrival" that we see the world does not revolve around us, but instead, we are part of a broader community who needs our gifts and our talents.
Please read Paul's perspective on our interconnectivity in 1 Corinthians 12 (Whole Chapter).

I'll be back soon with my amateur reading...

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