by Katy Scuderi
I was jamming hard to a song on the radio the other day when I was driving. It didn't hit me until halfway through to realize what is was actually saying. Here is an excerpt from the song "Me, Myself, and I" by G Eazy featuring Bebe Rexha:
"Oh, it's just me, myself and I,
Solo ride until I die,
Cause I got me for life,
Oh I don't need a hand to hold."
She goes on to talk about how if you are going to make it in the world, you need to focus on you and not let anyone get in the way of that. Sorry Bebe Rexha, but you've got it all wrong. Our culture has tried to feed us the lie that every man is for himself, and asking for help from anyone is unnecessary - even making you look weak. If you want to make it in the world, you've gotta just "do you" and not ask for help from anyone.
This growing attachment to individualism or "doing it on my own" is blinding us from how beautiful community is - how great it can be to "not do it alone."
But what does Jesus tell us about community? When he encountered people, he brought them into a relationship with Himself and called them to a life greater and more abundant than what they had before. He didn't stop there. He brought them into the greater community of believers and remained with them. Jesus instructed his disciples to go out two by two and remain together in order to support and help each other become holy. The disciples were not left on their own. In fact, no one who encountered Jesus was ever left to figure the rest out on their own.
We cannot journey through the Christian life on our own. if the savior of mankind needed community, so do we.
I came into college pretty lost. I knew I wanted to be Catholic but was completely attracted to all that the world was shoving may way...#classic. I spent a while trying to do both...you know what I'm saying', the party scene on Saturday night and the good church goer on Sunday. As I gave temptation and sin more and more territory over my heart, my faith began to waver, and I was losing my identity to these things. I wasn't able to break free from this lifestyle until I met some people who were fully living for God. These friends placed their identity in the Lord, and this is where they experienced a true sense of freedom.
Through their witness and willingness to love me right where I was at, Christ healed my heart and liberated me from the broken way of life I was living. But I had to let these people into my life. I had to let them see my insecurities and imperfections . I had to admit it; I couldn't do this way of life on my own.
Jesus has made his love and mercy incarnate in my life through the gift of community. When we see someone or a group of people living fully for the Lord, there is a kind of contagious freedom that they offer to everyone they come into contact with.
In the words of Rob Schneider from the movie Waterboy, "You can do it!" Love God. Be free, and invite others in.
“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”