I came across this video today and I thought it had a really good message. Take a couple minutes to hear about how the millennial generation views community.
In the video, Tim Keller explains how the Millennial generation loves the idea of community and recognizes how relationships are important. But sometimes, we are not able to pay the necessary price to be part of a community. It’s hard to surrender our time to get to know people over a longer period of time and build relationships with people in our geographical community.
It’s not about social media or blogging communities, even though those are great. But we cannot sacrifice getting to know our neighbors, our classmates, our co-workers, the people at the grocery store or our coffee shop we go to regularly. Without this interaction–quality interaction–with the people around us, we miss out on what it means to live in a certain area with a certain purpose. We miss out on what true community means (which we can then apply to our online environments).
I’ve felt very off lately about my relationships with people, my friends, my classmates and the university lifestyle in general.
It’s been hard for me to truly be myself around people, and it’s been hard to feel excited about doing internship work and classwork that should excite me. I hate this feeling, but it’s been seeping into how I treat my relationships with people.
In college, once you get to be an upperclassman, you may have several groups of friends from classes, organizations, or other areas in life. I live with my really close friends right now, and once the busy lifestyle as a college student hits, it’s hard to find time to interact with the greater university community. It’s hard to knock on my neighbors door. It’s hard to get to know my neighbors.
We were made for community. But it’s hard to remember that community is about sacrifices. It’s about putting others before yourself.
In college, your classes, your career, your activities–most of it focuses on you and what you want to do. So how do we step out of this college mindset about learning and doing things for ourselves and rather start things for others? Start making sacrifices for a community. For our neighbors. No matter who they are. Because whoever we are, we are placed in some kind of community. And we are placed there for a reason.