Circles are better than rows

At the end of April, I said, “See ya!” to my fantastic communities. Little did I know the impact they have had on my life. I have been missing my communities of people, the people I do life with. During the school year, I have my small group on Tuesday evenings and the Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia (UGA), a worship service, on Wednesday nights.

My small group is the one of the reason I will be staying in Athens, Georgia, when I go to college. The girls in my small group are just awesome! There is no other word; I can use to describe it. We all come from different backgrounds and diverse pasts, but we are able to agree on the common ground that Jesus is Lord! I was very hesitant back in January when I first joined a small group; I thought it would be uncomfortable. However, it was the exact opposite. We all clicked upon the first meeting. And since then, it has been the best decision I have made in 2016, so far!

The Wesley Foundation at UGA is another reason I will be staying in Athens for college. It is powerful, life changing, moving, awesome, and incredible. I am so happy to be a part of it. Without Wesley, my story would be so different. I have overcome so many things with the help of Wesley.  I do not where I would be without Wesley. I would not have such an intimate relationship with God, without the impact Wesley has had on my life!

On the sixth day, God created human beings. So, he made Adam. He saw that Adam was alone.

God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Gen. 2:18 (NIV)

We were created for community. We were not made to do life on our own. We are given helpers to weather the storms of life with us. We were created to share our lives with others. We were created to be part of a body of people, who give us wise counsel. God sends us helpers in the form of friends and family. And when we do not have that, we end up like me the past month, dry and yearning for community. This past month could have been a living hell for me, without my family. The people who kept me laughing even when I just wanted to cry. Which almost happened. L

Andy Stanley has a quote that is spot-on to what I am talking about, he says,

“Circles are better than rows.”

Meaning you become more connected with others when you sit in a circle rather than a straight line.

I am so excited for my communities to start backup, counting down the days. Three day ‘til summer Wesley!

Much Love,

Mary Hannah






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