I love reading! I will read anything, at least, once! I don’t think that I have ever picked up a book that I disliked. Recently I have been reading a series by Suzanne Woods Fisher about the Amish. I am so inspired by the simple living. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to live without my washer and dryer or indoor plumbing. But the way they (according to these works of fiction) speak truth into each other’s life and live life together in community is inspiring.
Each book is about a community that comes together during difficult times to help its members. The lives of all the characters are woven in and off of the lives of the others. Imagine having a barn raising where every member of the community shows up to help a family in need. The men work and build the barn in a day. The women cook for the entire community. Even the children pitch in to help as they can. Everyone works for the better of their community instead of living selfishly. http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/fiction#The%20Search
Now, imagine if our churches lived life together like that.
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. ICorinthians 12:14-26.