A True Picture of Community

by Dawn Oaks on December 4, 2016 · 3 comments


Earlier this afternoon, a farmer from a mile down the road came up our way to share that one of his calves had gotten out.  Unless you are a farm family, you may not understand or appreciate what that may mean.  It might be a cherished pet, but more than likely it might be the money to pay an outstanding medical bill or be the very meat that will feed your family.  When a farmer hears of a cow out or some other issue on a neighboring farm, there is no need to think about what to do.  You just go help!

The boys pulled on their boots and were gone before being asked.  They spread wide knowing how to corral a calf that was enjoying it’s new found freedom.  They knew they had to act smart since this calf outweighed them and could out run them.  One can not underestimate the craftiness and danger of working with animals.

Our property was the closest so the calf was herded into a lot outside our milk parlor for holding while the owner got a trailer down to our place to load it and take it back home.

So what is the big deal?  Are we heros? NO. but that is just it.

Community is being able to understand the struggles of another and just doing what is needed to treat that neighbor as you would want to be treated yourself.

I felt compelled to sit down and write as there is so much that is being done and seen in our own nation in the name of “Community”.

There is so much that may be called Community, but is so far from it.

Community is not beating someone because they have a different skin color (and no, I don’t care what color the skin is of the attacker or the victim).

Community is not setting fire to personal property because you disagree with how someone voted.

Community is not waging war on the police officers that are just trying to enforce the laws that the American people put into place through their personal votes or those that they put into office.

Community is not forcing your own personal values on others to the point of destroying their business, places of worship, or homes.

Community is not about self worship, but putting others before yourself!

There is no greater example of this type of love than what Christ did for us in coming in flesh as we commemorate His birth at Christmas and His ultimate sacrifice and gift at Easter.

So let us not lose hope, but return to the greatest commandments given to mankind.


Let us love God first and each other more than ourselves!

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Tim Tinkel December 8, 2016 at 12:36 AM

Absolutely fantastic post! So much truth in what you wrote.


annette @ A net in Time December 15, 2016 at 8:36 AM

oh indeed Dawn. Let us live it out eh?


Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama December 19, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Where I grew up I knew everybody. Since we moved here, almost six year ago, I still haven’t met the neighbors and that is such an odd feeling to me. But now it is the awkward point. Do I years later go and introduce myself? Do I want to know them, since they knew when we moved in and even told our realtor they couldn’t wait to bring us brownies and never came? I miss community.


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