I ran across of this picture of my middle son, Gage, this weekend. He’s 8 now so he’s ditched the training wheels, but this was such a fun season to watch him. While he could ride for a second without them, the reality is he wasn’t very consistent. He swerved all over, started to wobble, and eventually would crash without them.
I love the concept of training wheels. While the training wheels certainly didn’t keep any of my boys from falling, they did serve as a sort of guide to hold them up. They gave them a certain confidence of balance they wouldn’t have had without them.
The spiritual comparison for me is community. I think in many ways God provides us with community to serve as training wheels. The only difference is I don’t think we’re to ever outgrow community.
Hebrews 10:23-24 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (24) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
I find myself often wanting to live unswervingly. In other words I want be more consistent, non-wavering in some area of my life. And I bet you do as well. It might have to do with your relationship with God (pray more), or your physical health (lose weight), or maybe even your marriage (communicate better), but most of us have some area in our life we would like to be more consistent.
This verse reminds us there is a direct connection between living unswervingly and doing life in community. We need community to help us keep our balance and consistency.
We need community that spurs us to close the gap between who we are today and who God has called us to be.
Sure we can go without it for a while. But eventually, I believe we’ll start to swerve, wobble, and crash without it.
How important do you think community is to living the life God has designed for you? Do you think you can live unswervingly without it?