by Steve Cordle
Connecting personally with one another and with the world is an essential part of group life. Actually, we are already connected in many ways – we just need to recognize it.
Recently it was discovered that the water supply for over 41 U.S. residents contained trace amounts of prescription drugs. Mood stabilizers, hormones, antibiotics and more were found in the water of several major metropolitan areas.
It turns out that when we take pills our bodies don’t use all the medication, and some of it gets…well…flushed. Treatment plants take out most other impurities, but the drugs have snuck through the system and into the tap water.
We are not isolated beings — as humans we are connected. What happens to the person next door, across town, or across the globe, will affect you.
If the person next door is so down that she is taking anti-depressants, it will affect you, not just in the water supply, but in the very fabric of the community. The hope, fear, blessing, and pain of those around you will in some way influence your life.
If those next door are not yet following Jesus, our interconnectedness is yet another reason to reach out.
And of course the Bible says we Christ-followwers are the body of Christ, that “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it, if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Cor. 12:26)
Make your group a place of true connection, authentic community, and you changee the world (and maybe the water supply).