I recently read the “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” by Rick Warren, D.Min, Dr. Daniel Amen M.D, and Mark Hyman MD.
The book is about changing ones life though Faith, Fitness, Food, Focus and Friends.
As the authors of the book rolled this program out in their churches and expanisve networks, they began to discover one very interesting thing.
The key to success was not the diet or workout….it was community.
Yes. Small communities were the “secret sauce” to success.
It seems people of all sizes, races and backgrounds are more likely to get through a major life change or weight-loss if they have others beside them.
In community, we become out brothers and sister keepers.
We also learn we are not alone in our crazy ways!
“Koinonia” is a cool ancient greek word they refer to in the book from the New Testament about the power of the early church’s deep community with one another.
This word Koinonia reminded me of some ancient wisdom from Jesus.
Remember what he said when he was asked by a Pharisee what the greatest commandment was?
Jesus looked at him and answered:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Got it Jesus.
Love God, love friends & neighbors.
Yet look around.
How are we doing loving each other?
What is the last thing you said or did to your family, friend, coworker, animal, co-worker or political rival?
The last thing you tweeted or posted?
The last thing you read or saw in the news?
It is time for change.
To come together again.
To build communities of connections.
To re-engage with our current communities.
To share stories and gain wisdom and understanding.
To ban loneliness, heal, open new doors, to increase health, happiness and longevity.
To expand dreams and innovation.
I am absolutely convinced God wants us to connect.
(To love God and others is a divine connection then. Right?).
The Universe wants us to connect.
The Earth wants us to connect. (Erhem, Earthing will be another blog).
The Internet was built for us to connect.
It is all about connections!
Yet, it is so easy to look the other way.
We need courage to get back in the game.
To be more vulnerable.
To ditch shame.
To be brave enough to ask for advice.
To ask for help when we are lonely or confused.
To reach out versus shout out.
To provide wisdom of age to brighten the way for others.
Life is calling. People need healing.
We need each other.
We need you!
Fin. Amy Peacock