June 18, 2014

Community Brew: Community

community brew link up

I was pumped when Rachel and Madison emailed me about the Community Brew link up.  I just love the description of this link up: Community Brew is a linkup created for bloggers to be open, honest, and vulnerable, and to build community with others.  As I've said before, one of the reasons I love blogging is the encouragement and community feel that I get while being so far from home.

This month's link up has the topic of community.  We were given questions to think about that I wanted to share with y'all so I decided to treat it like a Q&A.  


What does community mean to you? 
Community means very different things for me during the season and during the offseason.  During the offseason, Chris and I are thankful to be able to spend it in our hometown of Tupelo.  We both grew up in Tupelo and both of our families are still there.  While in Tupelo, we are surrounded by our family, our church family, and so many sweet friends.  It is such a blessing to be a part of the community that we both grew up in and love.  During baseball season, our community means meeting new people and reuniting with friends from past seasons that we haven't seen all offseason.  This means I get to cook for baseball players, and even do some laundry for some guys.  The thing that stays the same during these two different seasons each year, is that our goal of community is loving on others and shining a light for Christ.  Whether it is to precious hometown friends that we've grown up with or baseball players that we have just met.  It is equally as important for us to be a light in each community.

Why is it hard to pursue community or open up to others?
This is a part that I struggle with, especially during baseball season.  I'm not a bubbly, out going person.  I love meeting new people, but I am also completely happy with a few really close friends.  I can also be completely happy sitting at a baseball game by myself.  I am not the type of person that needs to have somebody with me at all times.  Not that I don't enjoy having company, I am just independent enough to where I don't feel that need.  This can sometimes mean I miss out on relationships with other people at the baseball field.  I'm a private person in a lot of ways (until I get to know you and then get ready for every detail) and I also don't trust people right away.  I pray that I learn to let my guard down so that I don't miss opportunities to be an example of Christ to others.  Sometimes it is just something that does not come completely natural to me.  I would much rather love on people that I already have a relationship with than to walk up to a new girlfriend in the stands that I've never met and start a conversation.  It is something that I have been praying through for a while.

What does it look like to "live in community" with other believers and non believers?
This is the part that is such a awesome opportunity in Minor League Baseball.  Chris' teammates are from all over the United States and different countries.  We have the opportunity to develop friendships with people that if it wasn't for baseball, we would never have the chance to meet.  These guys come from all types of backgrounds and situations.  There are believers and there are non-believers.  We have both learned so much from meeting so many different people from all over.  Other people don't grow up the same way as we did, and that is completely okay.  God calls us to love our neighbors, wherever that may be.  I have to remind myself that He doesn't call me to only love my Southern, Christian neighbors, but to love those that are hard to love as well.

Why is community important to you?
Community is so important to me because it is such an awesome way to experience God's love and show God's love to others.  I am a big believer in letting God work through me rather than forcing it.  I am by no means perfect at this.  I fail so many times to be a light, but I am thankful for His perfect grace and new opportunities daily.  

What does it look like to love your neighbor?
I am a natural nurturer.  I love that there are baseball players that call me mom.  I love to cook for guys that haven't had a home cooked meal in a while, and I even love when Chris comes home with other guys' laundry for me to do.  This might all change when we have kids of our own one day, but for now loving my neighbor looks like serving others.  It is just how I show love.  It is something I don't feel like I've done as much this season since all of our team is with host families that take pretty good care of them.  And considering the cottage only has two chairs, it is hard to have 20 baseball players over like we have in the past.  

I am thankful for blog link ups like this that give us a chance to be vulnerable and open.  I would love for you to join this link up so that I can read what community means to you.  Thanks for stopping by.  

12 comments:

  1. Wow, Martha Kate...you have such a unique community in the baseball world! I totally concur with your thoughts about hospitality, too. Serving people in our homes is such a beautiful ministry!!

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    1. It is definitely a unique community! I love that something as simple as serving others in our homes is a ministry. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. This is so awesome. My husband works in the front office for a team. I'm always cooking and laundry. I love having people over and taking care of them. I have always been that way. The baseball or sports industry is always one to be open and have your guard down. I recently found your blog and so glad that I did.

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  3. I just love this linkup...I have GOT to get myself organized next time and have a post ready! This is going to be so great for our community to grow together and learn more about each other, what's in our hearts! I've never really dwelt on the word "community" like I have lately, and I'm learning daily that community is crucial to our faith and our wellbeing. Love this post and can't wait to get involved with the next one!

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    1. I have the hardest time keeping up with all the link ups I love. I miss so many more than I want to! I have also just started really thinking about the importance of community and what it means. Thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait to read your post for the next link up! :)

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  4. Loved your post and happy I found your blog through this link up! :)

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  5. I love this post sweet friend! I can totally relate, my heart is to serve others, too. I love cooking for others and I could totally see myself wanting to do other people's laundry. Love your sweet heart! Also, I'll definitely be praying for God to help you let your guard down more and get to know others!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words Madison. I appreciate the prayers more than you know!

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  6. I think of you and Chris often in this season of baseball and how much I admire the wife that you are for him. This has to be such a challenging time for both of you, full of joys and hard stuff, but the commitment you have to pursuing community and others is a joy to hear about! Thanks for linking up with us Martha Kate!!!

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    1. Thank you for your precious words! It is a very challenging life, but I know God is using it for His glory in ways we don't even understand. Thank you for hosting such an encouraging link up!

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