No Man is an Island...
In the 1600s one John Donne thought of islands and he penned the following:
“No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore, never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.“
The phrase ‘no man is an island’ expresses the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community in order to thrive.
We do badly when we’re isolated, and we need to be a part of a community in order to thrive.
Taking Today’s Talk Home:
*Read Acts 2.
**Think about how the author of Acts describes the first church. What are they doing together? What values do they share together? How do they do life together? Can we live that kind of life today?
***Pray about how you will embrace the community that is described in Acts chapter 2. Doing life together means that you become part of something. It means sharing your life with others and allowing people to share their life with you. It means embracing the idea that doing life together is better. It means to reject the idea of living in isolation or part from people. It means that we love one another, care for one another, serve one another, forgive one another, admonish one another and live in harmony with one another. Pray that God will open your hearts and minds to this life characterizes by doing life together.
Prayer Focus for the Week:
I am so encouraged when I think read about the way the first church is described in the book of Acts. I want that kind of life for myself and for my family. Father, open my eyes to the opportunities around me to love, care for and serve one another. Give me the courage and boldness to reach out to those in my life that I need to grant forgiveness. Thank you for the people in my life that encourage my walk with you. As I yield to your Spirit and depend wholly on You, give me greater depth to these relationships.
In Jesus’ Name…Amen.
Preparing for NEXT Sunday:
Next week, Sunday, April 15th, we continue our series ‘One Another’ by discussing why people can be anxious about belonging to a church community. To prepare your hearts and your minds as we look forward to next Sunday, take some time this week and read Colossians chapter 3. While you’re reading, pay careful attention on how Paul describes the relationships.
Until next time…