My mom has been telling me since I was a kid that God brings people into your life when you need them, and He takes them out according to His plan. This has always been comforting to me when someone leaves, but it never crossed my mind when someone new entered.
And then over the summer I randomly got a direct message on Instagram from a complete stranger.
This girl, Kara, told me that at the last minute she decided to take a risk and go to a college out of state. She didn’t know anyone going to our university and somehow stumbled upon my Instagram page. Kara told me that she wanted to reach out to other Christians and meet people through campus ministry.
I thought this was pretty cool, so we talked and found out we had a lot of things in common. Of course, I overlooked this and didn’t think too much of it.
We continued to talk for a while, until losing touch and not reaching back out until after we had both arrived on campus. She told me that she had joined a church group and made a bunch of friends she could introduce me to.
I was excited at the chance to make new friends and asked Kara what church group she had joined. She told me it was the Catholic Student Union, or the CSU. I was really surprised because I had been wanting to join the CSU but didn’t know anyone else who was going at this point.
Somehow strangely enough, neither of us were previously aware that we were both Catholic. We planned to meet up at a CSU event and were texting each other so that we could finally meet.
As I’m sneaking glances down at my phone with text messages about where Kara was sitting, I feel a tap on my shoulder.
Kara was sitting behind me, two people over.
Once we met, we hugged and talked about how crazy it was that God brought us together. Every single step leading up to us meeting was not a coincidence. He brought this friendship into my life for a reason. A reason that all helps to go along with His plan for me.
And God has a plan for all of us. He created us so that we may have a relationship with Him first and foremost, but also so that we can have a relationship with those around us.
Community is an important part not only to every Christian religion, but to every human being. When God created all the creatures on this Earth He thought it was good.
But when God created man alone, God realized this was not good.
He knew that something was missing. Companionship was missing. So God created woman.
And the man and woman were fruitful and multiplied, leading us to where we are today. We weren’t created to live in isolation, which is why he gave us the desire for relationship with others.
Because who you surround yourself with truly matters.
We are so easily influenced by those in our life that their opinions and actions affect our own. You know when you start hanging out with a friend so much that you start to adopt their mannerisms and slang? It’s kind of like that.
Friends can either build you up or tear you down. If all of your friends have different morals than you, then it’s very easy to get swayed to do what they want. But when you have friends who have same values and goals, they can highlight the best in you and encourage you to be a better person.
That is why you should be picky with the kind of people you let into your life and close to your heart.
I’ve been lacking in my faith a little recently, which is something I think we can all relate to at some point or another. But I’ve been surrounded by so many people who have such a heart for Jesus that it makes me want to do the same.
Friendships founded on faith are a true gift from God. Every day, I see Him revealed in a new way to me through the different people I interact with. And as I grow in my relationships founded on faith, I grow in my relationship with God.
Go out and find your community. Find those who inspire you so much you start to radiate God’s love to those around you.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10