The Sandpaper of Community

Friday was a great day. My twin brother and sister-in-law (Nick and Amy) were in town and helped with our youth group trip to Six Flags Great America. I really enjoyed having them on the trip. I think the students did as well – I know they heard a few embarrassing stories about me growing up and had fun with the whole twin thing.

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Yesterday ended up being a great day for a trip to Great America. We got rained on a bit and it was hot and humid (not as bad as it was here), but that also meant not many people at the park. I think we waited a max of 20-30 minutes for a ride and that was only a couple times. Most of the time there was no wait at all.

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Most of the day, our group was all together. We gave them plenty of opportunities to split up and go different directions to cater to their personal ride preferences, but they didn?t seem interested in that. Again and again they chose to stay together, even if that meant they were going to wait with the group and not ride the ride.

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Nick, Amy, and I talked about this a bit at the end of the night. I thought they had some great insight. They thought that was indicative of the value our group places on community. That the students so valued being together, that they were willing to put aside their personal preferences to go along with what the group wanted.

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I think that?s a great picture of community and a great reminder of the importance of being in community. I?ve been told that I?m a pretty particular guy, that I have strong opinions…polite ways of saying I like things my way :). Being in community helps me put things in perspective. It?s good, I?d even say necessary, for me to put my personal preferences aside and be a part of the group. It can certainly be challenging, but I know it?s a tool that God uses to smooth out my rough edges and make me more like his Son.

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Grace,
?Chris