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I remember watching my daughter in her toddler years as she learned new things every day. She often said, “I can do it all by myself!” She wanted her independence at an early age, and she has continued to pursue this independence into her collegiate career.
She is not alone in this pursuit of independence. I’m a person who wants to figure things out for myself. I don’t like the feeling of having to rely on others. Frankly, I want to be in control.
This pursuit of independence is a blessing and a curse. It’s great to be able to do things by oneself; however, we miss out on the opportunity to rub shoulders with others when we become too independent.
Society tells us to be self-reliant. Individual accomplishment is recognized and rewarded.
Here’s the problem: Our pursuit of independence can push us away from the community for which we were made. As we shy away from community, we miss the opportunity to collaborate with others, to build life-giving relationships, and to explore areas of life that we simply would miss on our own.
With whom are you spending the most time these days? Are they lifting you up? Are they STRETCHING you? Are they encouraging you?
Are you spending time with anyone who is causing you to grow?
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Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12