So I started attending a life group. I took my own challenge of community and jumped feet first into being part of an intimate and tight knit group. Now my fears could have only excelled in the area of rejection for the fact that this group has been together for 4 or 5 years now and has a HUGE history together. Yet, I was not alone in the "adventure seeking" of a life group. Three of us made the jump "together" without even knowing each other. What I have experienced and seen in this group leaves me with a strong impression; one of family, humor, passion, adventure, loyalty. I may be one of the "outsiders" but I am not treated as one. I am teased like the rest, listened to when speaking, and to some without even knowing the depths of who I am and my story; I am already cared about. I am still a bit hesitant and its not as though my fears have been entirely wiped away, but I am discovering a peace with this whole true idea of community and excited to see where it leads and what develops from it. We discussed last night that community takes work and it's not easy, but when we make the time and put forth the effort and care for those around us, it is so entirely worth it.