Community is the catalyst to bring a well-rounded person to light, to life, and into focus.
By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. ~ C.S Lewis
We need solitude. In fact, if we can’t stand to be alone, that in itself tells us something in our interior is out of balance. Certainly, a thinker like C.S. Lewis enjoyed his own company, but Lewis also knew the importance of community. He was aware there was much more to himself than even his keen insight could see or his great intellect could sort out. He knew that in the presence of community, previously unknown facets of himself could be uncovered and then integrated into the whole man God intended him to be. He knew that without interchanges with different people, much of who he was as a person would lay dormant. Community is the catalyst to bring a well-rounded person to light, to life, into focus, and into fruitful employment.
How Others Make Us Better
We need those who act as muses—their words have the ability to ignite a spark, flip a switch, or cause a light to come on in our minds. They are people who are catalysts to creativity and clarity, opening our imaginations to see things in a different light. Others are a tonic—they are able to stir us to action or calm us to inaction when that would be our best choice. Still others challenge us to focus—they refuse to let us remain shallow or simplistic about complicated issues.
Before this day is over, it is likely that a friend will in some way be the iron that sharpens iron—they will challenge our understanding, our actions, and perhaps the things in life we have or have not focused upon. Such people are a gift to us. Think about the different people in your life. Think about the different facets they have revealed. How have they have called you up and out of yourself? How are you living in community?