I love reality TV! It is a guilty pleasure of mine. I was hooked since watching “The Real World – San Francisco” Pedro is still one of my favorites.
It is quite fun to be able to people watch from the comforts of my own couch.
Recently I watched a new series on ABC “Castaways”. The concept is simple: 12 individuals abandoned on a string of islands in the South Pacific. There was strewn luggage, sparse resources and some abandoned structures. They knew there were others but unsure of how many. They were told they would be rescued but did not know when that rescue would come. They had to learn how to survive.
Some castaways tried to survive on his/her own to preserve resources. Others from the onset wanted to seek out others to have community while they worked to survived until rescue came.
As the days passed most castaways quit for their own personal reasons. The remaining ones slowly came together as one group when rescue did come for them.
The most interesting piece to me was observing each castaway go from a Me Mentality to a We Mentality. They each came to value not just companionship but the sense of community. No one had to be alone. They had each other in this shared experience.
One could survive alone but we thrive together.
God created us for community. He did not want us to be alone in the good times or in the bad times. He gave us each other so that we all can thrive together.
Sure, we can be stubborn and insist on doing things on our own. But isn’t anything more enjoyable when you share with a friend?
When awesome things happen we want to share the great news with someone. As we trek through difficult times it is comforting to know there is someone by our side to journey through it with us. The mundane days are fun when you laugh with a friend.
We may not be left on a deserted island but there are times life feels a little too chaotic. We can feel overwhelmed. If we keep our Me Mentality we may survive but most likely be exhausted through the process. But by changing our perspective to a We Mentality each of us begin to thrive in ways we may not have thought possible.
A We Mentality gives us others to learn from, friends to share all of life with, opportunities to thrive as individuals and therefore as a community.
As followers of Jesus Christ our mentality changes from a Me to We Mentality. It is not just about ourselves. It becomes about others and the whole community. We see how we each belong to and in community.
While we all have been rescued from the bondage of sin by the life, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ we can now thrive together advancing the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
I’ll leave you with this quote from the show:
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
Which is it for you? Going fast and alone OR far and together?
This Week’s Challenge
Who is in your community? List how you thrive together in life. As you about your week, focus on one of those ways. Note how it enriches not just you but the whole community.