Find Your Community
As a self-confessed introvert, I secretly rejoiced during the pandemic about being released from day-to-day human interactions. I thought these mandated social distancing rules would actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise. However, though hiding in the basement at my parents’ place for the first couple of weeks was relaxing, I was surprised when I started longing for normal human interactions again.
I no longer need to leave the house. However, face-to-face interactions have been replaced by face-to-screen interactions. There are times when I don’t think I can handle another Zoom call (okay, we’ll save the complaints for another post)! Perhaps like you, this experience has made me realize that our fast-paced, technologically-driven society “connects” us, yet simultaneously isolates us.
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, inwardly we all have a deep longing for true community. Every time I scroll through my Facebook news feed, it seems like everyone’s life is perfect, but shockingly, statistics tell a different story. A 2019 study found that 61% of Americans (3 out of 5 people!) felt isolated. More surprisingly, the loneliest bunch are the Gen Zs (those in college today), where 79% reported feeling lonely. Millennials are a close-runner up with 71% experiencing prolonged loneliness. Indeed, the despondency and isolation felt by our generations is itself a pandemic that is far more pervasive and life-changing than COVID-19.
Thankfully, true community is not a mere dream. Ephesians 2:19 says that “you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household (family) of God.” Today, I have found my home in God’s family with my brothers and sisters. In this household I experience peace and joy which surpasses all others. At Christians Students on Campus we welcome everyone to be part of this family and find true community.
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J.H., Mississauga, ON