Many of us find ourselves longing for a community of friends, faith, and just good people to hang out with at some point in our life. We find that college was a great experience yet the new job/workplace may not fill our souls the way we hoped it would. We would like to say your not alone, yet why does it have to be this way. Why does it have to be such a struggle to find the community we long for? Why is it so hard to get the courage to talk to someone new or invite them to hang out? What are we afraid of?
We invite you to step out of your comfort zone(s) and you may be amazed at what happens. You may meet your spouse, best friend(s), or some great people to network with for new ideas/views on life. You may even find a passion for something you had no idea you were interested in.
So how to step out. Well for one trust in the Lord. (He will lead you if your willing to open your heart to him.) Next try a baby step. (Introduce yourself to someone new maybe the pastor, priest at your church or even someone in the congregation.) Offer your services. (You know the person you introduced yourself to, ask them if they know a way you could get involved based on your experiences. Maybe you could serve their PSR program, assist with youth/young adult ministry, assist with a food project(fish fry), assist with a parish picnic/carnival, or maybe even assist with mass as a Lector, or hospitality minister. As you can see doors will open once your services have been offered.
Over the last year and a half many of us with The Way STL have stepped outside of our comfort zones and boy are we amazed with the results. We have hosted a bbq. We have led other young adults to mass and enjoyed donuts afterwards. We flopped on a fish fry crawl but we had fun with those who did show up. We started a Women’s Emmaus group. We started a Men’s Emmaus group. We hosted women for an Advent by Candlelight. We found a way to grow as a core team built up of people from five parishes who had no idea what we were in for. We wish you the same blessings and happiness this group has been able to bring to us by stepping out of our comfort zones.