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Why Community Matters

December 6, 2011

On the train on my way home from work

Community makes a difference. I know for Claudia and me, community has been huge. This is what spurred us on towards launching rise365. But realizing the importance of community started long before that. About two years ago we dove into a new approach to life. We started listening to and reading great books, blogs, and podcasts and through this we began connecting with some incredible individuals! Without these people and their ideas, thoughts, and encouragement, we would have never made to where we are today.

That’s because it’s too difficult to go it alone. In fact, YOU WON’T MAKE IT! Unless, of course, you’re fine with the status quo. Unless you’re ok with just doing what everyone else is doing.

But, that’s not me and that’s not you! You wouldn’t be reading this if that was the case. You see, those OK with the status quo read this and think, what’s the big deal? Why be so dramatic with your life and what you’re doing? Settle down already (besides, you’re making me feel insecure about my life)!

I want to be different and apparently you do too! You and I both know there’s more to life and we are chasing after it! It is a challenge and a little scary at times but the rewards are well worth it!

That’s where community comes in. The comments and emails you’ve written have been a HUGE encouragement for Claudia and me! Just the other day I got an email from someone who read my post on tithing and suggested a great resource on the topic. I checked it out and it was really helpful in bringing understanding and clarity.

For all this, I thank you. I only hope I can be as helpful to you in return.

I want to know how community has impacted you. Do you have a supportive people surrounding you? If not, how will you begin to pursue it?

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7 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I love this.
    I found you through alana at http://alanamokma.wordpress.com/

    Community is so essential. Having it will make you feel as though you fit in regardless of your circumstance, the absence of it will make you never feel at home. — These feelings are all too familiar for me, having recently finished school.

    • Reply Michael Good December 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Hey Dan, welcome!

      You’re right, it makes such a difference when those around us believe in us and what we’re doing. Because we have such a need to fit in, it’s important to think about what you want to do and where you what to be. Then, go spend time with people are like that and are doing those things. Otherwise, chances are you’re going to stay right where you and all those around you are.

    • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      YEAH DAN! Glad you connected with Michael and Claudia!

  • Reply Ryan Ash December 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Awesome thoughts, Michael! I’m glad that you’re a part of my community/I’m a part of yours! šŸ™‚

    • Reply Michael Good December 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Hey Ryan,
      Those feelings are mutual, brother!

  • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Michael, in what ways would you recommend establishing community? I agree that it is absolutely important. However, Josh and I have struggled to stay in community with others. It seems as though in our circle of friends people are overwhelmed by us (as you mention above… we want MORE from life). It has been frustrating because we cannot seem to be part of any stable community. Do you have recommendations on how to go about being part of great community?

    We are beginning to form some great online relationships, but unfortunately do not have anything local. How about you guys?

    • Reply Michael Good January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Hey Alana, great question. We do have some really great friends locally here. However, we don’t always do a very good job with getting together with them (Claudia does better than me). Of course, it is easier to find like-minded folks online with things like social media. Perhaps one of the keys to connecting with people locally is to connect with people that have your best interest at heart. Then, even if you and Josh are doing something different than them, they can come along side of you and support you. I know for us as well, it’s helped when we first take an interest in what others are doing, then it’s often reciprocated.

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