The Things We Can Learn


As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. - Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

The decorations were so beautiful. There were over 100 women registered for the event. Everyone and everything was in place. After six long weeks of planning, it was showtime. Hoorah! The event was a success. Several women who attended the event raved about how great it was. Several women asked when the next event was taking place. I was delighted about the success of the event.

I was ready to lead a committee again and plan the next event. I was actually planning the net event in my head. Little did I know that my delight would be short lived, as I was called in for a meeting after the event.

During this meeting, I was told that the event was a huge success, but the women who served on the committee had several negative comments about how I led the committee and the planning. Bummer, I felt hurt. I had put all my energy into motivating and uplifting these women. Why wouldn’t anyone pull me to the side and tell me about their feelings? is what I kept thinking repeatedly. I was so embarrassed that I was called in for a meeting. I felt that I was in the principal’s office. The feelings of hurt, betrayal, and embarrassment stung for a while.

Being a part of a women’s community is very rewarding. It gives me the opportunity to spend time with, support, and learn from women of diverse backgrounds. Leading and serving on several committees in women’s community has taught me how to interact with others. But most importantly, working in a women’s community helped me to become self-aware of my own thoughts, intentions, and behaviors.

I have learned the importance of extending grace and compassion to those with whom I spend time and interact. Displaying compassion and forgiveness is vital when working in a women’s community. As each of us has made mistakes and will continue to make mistakes as we travel along our paths.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

Being a part of a women’s community is such an awesome and rewarding experience. As I continue to lead and serve in this women’s community, I continue to prioritize the importance of maintaining the relationships that are created and formed within the community. After all, we are all working towards a common goal. We accomplish more as a community. Plus, life is so much fun when working in harmony with others!

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.

- Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV)

Reflection

1) How can you prepare yourself (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) to join a women’s community? (Some women’s communities to consider are a church group, a Women’s Bible Study, sorority, or even Lane of Roses)

2) How will you maintain the relationships that you form within that community?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank You for blessing us with the opportunity to be a part of various women’s communities. Father, help us to learn and to continue to extend grace, compassion, and forgiveness to one another as we build awesome relationships within our women’s communities. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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