Today I finished the second day of a three-day CC parent practicum. I'm seeing a host of folks from the old campus, being greeted with "We've missed you" and "I heard you guys are coming back!" and "Wow! she's grown and changed so much!" and I'm breathing a sigh of relief. I realize that I can't do this alone, and I wasn't meant to. I need fellowship, and with that comes the accountability to be excellent in this mission...CC will provide this. But there is something beyond fellowship that I need that is difficult to articulate. The vision of CC is "To know God and to make him known." Nearly everyone connected with that community is committed to the vision of knowing God's truth and training their children in that truth. I want and need to be connected to people like that. It is worth the price that we pay for "tuition."
Fellowship with other believers fills us, refreshes us, makes us smile, and sometimes even weep. It keeps us connected to like-minded others. It comes from regular contact with relationships that we intentionally feed. Fellowship keeps us grounded in what is real and what is true. I need to be connected to others who hunger and thirst for righteousness. My son's connection with his sister is one that is borne out of of a relationship of constant contact, deliberate nurturing, and intentional discipline. It keeps him connected to the truth of family. Fellowship is a thing that cannot be neglected, and must be chosen wisely.