This week on Real Talk with Rachael, I’m chatting with Katy McCown. Katy is a writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries, host of the Best Day Ever podcast, and author of She Smiles without Fear. Katy left her job as a television news reporter to join her husband, Luke, on their adventure in the National Football League. Luke and Katy have six children.
Key Points from Our Conversation:
- There’s a difference between a life that’s handled and a life that’s whole. A life that is whole is attainable and God has given us what we need to fulfill that life.
- Our quest to keep it together eventually causes us to fall apart. Belonging begins with brokenness. If you’ll admit it, we share a common brokenness. When we understand we’re all broken, it dissipates the feeling of not belonging. Our common brokenness leads us to Jesus; that’s where our belonging begins.
- We don’t know when life will get difficult, but when it does, it’s important who we have with us. You may not feel like you have time to invest in others, but there will come a time when you need a community. There will also be a time when someone needs us to be there for them.
- Build community by integrating others into what you’re already doing – grocery shopping, etc.
- If you’ve been burned in a church community, understand there’s a difference between hurt and confrontation. You can practice forgiveness, separate, and agree to keep preaching Christ.
- Ask these things – what about this is between me and God? What about this is between them and God? What needs to happen between them so that God is glorified?
- Jesus was focused on unity for his disciples. He wants us to live in unity with others. Belonging in the body of Christ is what was of his heart before the crucifixion.
Let’s Get Real Practical:
Watch out – check your heart, and allow other trusted people to speak into your life
Work it out – take your bitterness to God, don’t let it harden