Barn Raising

Although I think it would be fascinating to visit an Amish community, I, for one, never have. (Although I just looked and there’s one in Arthur, Illinois, so maybe one day, soon, I will). Anyway….not knowing much about the Amish or their lifestyle/community, I did what anybody would do and “googled” it. 🙂

I found a few interesting things that I didn’t know, but overall, I think I have (had) some idea of how they live. And, this….I did know. Because of their religious beliefs, Amish try to separate themselves from “outsiders,” in an effort to avoid temptations and sin. They choose, instead, to rely on themelseves and the other members of their local Amish community. Which brings me to my point. We were never meant to travel through life alone.

Now, I know I’m not Amish, but I still think the same truth applies to us, as believers. If you have decided to follow Jesus Christ and are a Christian, you are not meant to walk alone. There are countless Bible verses that can attest to this fact.

  • Genesis 2:18-“It is not good for man to be alone.”
  • Hebrews 10:25a-“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together….Instead, let us encourage one another.”
  • Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)-“As each part does its work, it helps the other parts grow, so Christ’s whole body is healthy and growing full of love.”
  • Matthew 18:20-“Where two or more are gathered in My name, I’m there in the midst of them.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NCV)-“Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together.”
  • Galatians 6:10-“Every time we get a chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”

These six verses all point back to one thing….Life was never meant to live alone. We were never meant to walk this Christian walk alone.

“For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.” Ecclesiastes 4:10

I don’t run now as much as (or if any like) I did back in 2011-2012, but I can remember….having Amanda at the “finish line” yelling at me to “keep going” and “to push through to the end” was a big motivator to me to finish strong, to not give up. Now, I usually do enjoy running alone (because I can’t talk and run at the same time) but having people around you to encourage you and push you a little farther is nice.

It’s just the same in our Christian walk. Romans 12:5b (NLT) says, “….and we all belong together.” We were not meant to fight this battle alone. God never promises life will be easy; in fact, in the Bible, Jesus says it won’t. (John 16:33), but we know that we are never alone.

There is an old Zambian proverb that says, “When you run alone, you run fast. When you run together, you run far.”

Life is a journey (not a 50-yard dash) and God doesn’t want us to walk alone; that is not what He intended. He always provides a companion to walk along with us, in the form of parents, siblings, friends, spouse, church members, pastors, etc. It is our choice whether to take it or leave it. Believe it or not:

 “Everybody has a longing for belonging” – Rick Warren

Whether we want to admit it or not, we want/need community. We crave it. We desire it. We deserve it. We will starve (spiritually) without it. Therefore, let us come together and do a little “barn raising.”

(The Amish community works together to raise a barn in 8 hours; here’s a time lapse of it)….

What would the world be like if we all did a little bit of “barn raising” and worked together, helping and encouraging each other along in this journey called LIFE?

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35)NLT

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