It is good for folks to gather together and a small group can gather for any number of reasons… to discuss a book they’ve read, to laugh, to reminisce about elementary school or college days, to study God’s Word together, to quilt, scrapbook, knit, or complete other creations together, to play tennis or golf together or even work out regularly as a group.
9 Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. 10 If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble.
11 Also, on a cold night, two under the same blanket gain warmth from each other, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 The Living Bible
I bet you can come up with even more ideas regarding why it’s good to be a part of a small group. You may be connected with others to raise monies for a common goal, joining a care group from your church or just hanging out with other young mothers of preschoolers. In my nearly six decades of life, I have joined small groups for most of the aforementioned reasons and I believe I have gained much from being a participant in a wide variety of small groups. (see recent Huff Post article: How To Have A Meaningful Life)
Here are my five top reasons to consider being a part of a small group:
(1) The members of a small group can love and encourage one another. I’ve never met an individual who did not benefit from both. Small groups are an ideal setting for this.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
(2) Small group members look after one another. Whether it be an illness, an accident, a sick child, or surgery, a small group is wonderful about ministering to one another with meals, prayer support, and whatever else might be needed.
(3) We can learn from each other when we are together. My group of eight from Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills High School has been together for many decades. With our different life experiences, we learn new perspectives.
(4) Making life decisions may come easier when shared and discussed with a trustworthy small group.
I’ve been on enough sports teams in my life to have experienced the magic of what can happen when a group of people care for and love each other.” Tim Ryan
Life is hard and having folks on board and available to share the good times and the more difficult times just makes life sweeter.
(5) Small groups can serve those in need together. Once a book club I was a member of supplied Christmas gifts for an entire family. Another group I’m a part of prepares dinner for the 21 residents at a nearby recovery center. Pooling our resources together makes giving that much easier.
If you are already part of a small group, take time out to say thanks to the other group members for being an important part of your life. If you are not, why not consider starting a group with a few others today.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.