I do not consider myself a runner. Yet several months ago, I made a commitment to go for a run at least three days a week. I was making progress—getting a little faster and going a little farther with every run.
Then I discovered a running class at the gym—a room full of treadmills, with lights dimmed, music blaring, and a leader shouting instructions. I was intimidated by this class of seasoned runners, afraid they would judge me for being a newbie.
Despite my apprehension, I joined the class. And soon I was running faster and farther than I ever had before. That was the power of the group. With encouragement, support, and a little friendly competition from other runners, I was able to accomplish more than I ever could have achieved on my own.
My experience at the gym also helped me to see the value of having a community of faith. On our own, we may struggle along in our Christian walk. Without someone walking beside us and cheering us on, we might easily give up. But with a group of Christians to support us and to hold us accountable, we can become practically unstoppable.
PRAY: Ask God to help you build a community of friends who accept you, encourage you to strengthen your faith, and challenge you to grow—as you do for them.