• Catherine Gates

We Are Better Together

“I wish I had known about this group sooner! I have needed this kind of community!”

I had heard that statement from someone at every lunch gathering for Christian women in the workplace we held in Northwest Arkansas. It became clear that many women were hungry for a community of like-minded women who are committed to their faith and bringing their best to their roles at work and all of life. This inspired me to want to help more women find that community, and it is still a big part of what drives me today.

The fact is, isolation leaves us vulnerable. Vulnerable to the lies that our adversary shrewdly plants in our minds. Vulnerable to feelings of inadequacy, fear, wondering if what we do matters. It is so easy to slip into thoughts like, “I’m the only one … struggling, tired, frustrated, who can’t seem to handle all of this change, uncertainty and transition, etc.” Social media only exacerbates the problem. You may be surrounded by people and “connections” but have no one you can openly talk to about the challenges you face.

This is why being part of a small group of like-minded women is vital. Yet too many of us experience being time-starved to one extent or another. It may at first seem like participating in a small group is another thing to add to an already overbooked schedule.

But what if being part of a small group can actually help you make better use of your time? In fact, I assert that, when done well, you’ll discover a remarkable ROI on your time. How?

Participating in a small group can help you:

  • Gain needed encouragement. Self-doubt and striving to "get it right" can be debilitating, wasting precious time and energy. A simple reminder of who we are and that it doesn’t all depend on us―encouragement that we can do all things through Christ―can go a long way.

  • Open your mind to creative solutions. At times we face problems that seem to have no good solution. Having trusted others to bounce things off of can help you get out of your head and into productive action.

  • Tap into the power of prayer. There is tremendous power in praying together. Prayer prompts God to act on your behalf. Being part of a small group provides access to prayer partners who can not only pray with you, but pray for you when you are apart. And no time management tool can come close to having God direct your path!

We weren’t designed to do life alone. God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in or likeness.” God is inherently in community as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And the one thing God said was not good was for us to be alone. The Bible tells us over and over again about the importance of community. Here are just a few examples:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. […] Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” ―Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ―Proverbs 27:17

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ―Hebrews 10:24-25

One of the most impactful ways we can encourage one another is to be part of a small group of other women who also want to grow in their faith and live it out at work and all of life. During this time of transition all of us are going through in varying degrees, having a small group you can rely on is more critical than ever.

Women in the Marketplace wants to help you start or find your group. Because we are better together.

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