Sammy (get used to him folks, he’s here to stay) wakes up and stumbles into the kitchen to turn on the water kettle for his morning coffee. Sammy tries hard to be a morning person; getting up at 5 a.m. so he can have some quiet time before the kids unleash their own brand of chaos when they wake up. Sammy gets the last bit of coffee in his mouth as his wife (I should probably name her) gets up as she hears the kids start stirring.
Once the family is up and everyone is ready to start their day, Sammy and Linda (that’s what I’ll call her for now) get the kids out the door to catch the bus. Linda smooches Sammy as she heads out to the office for her day. As the dust settles, Sammy, who has his own freelance writing business, finds himself in the deafening quiet which happens as the house stops echoing from the “by Mom”‘s and the “Love you Dad!”‘s. Sammy is alone.
One of the biggest problems work-from-home folks have is being lonely. They spend hours each day shut away in solitude. Sure, they can listen to music, they can make a call to a friend throughout the day, or they can go to the nearest coffee shop to grab their second (third?) cup of coffee and see another human face. Those are all good, temporary fixes to the problem but they are not a solution.
Loneliness is defined as :
- 1: being without company or cut off from others
- 2: not frequented by human beings
- 3: sad from being alone
- 4: producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation
Loneliness is also a spiritual issue. Genesis 2:18 says “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” I know the context in which this is spoken has to do with God creating a wife for Adam. But it is still a valuable truth which is supported by 59 “one another” verses in the New Testament alone. Clearly we should NOT be alone.
Paul Tripp says in his book, Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy, “We weren’t created to be independent, autonomous, or self-sufficient. We were made to live in a humble, worshipful, and loving dependency upon God and in a loving and humble interdependency with others. Our lives were designed to be community projects.”
One of the largest value propositions for a coworking space is that is creates an environment where it is almost impossible to be lonely. The community which takes place in a coworking space is undeniable. It naturally happens because when people are together, they are find themselves being “community projects”. While they may not necessarily be Christians, they can see Jesus from there.
Isn’t that what a church should be all about?
It is easy to find a church which believes man shouldn’t be alone. Some will even offer you some ways to NOT be alone. Join one of our small groups. Come to Celebrate Recovery. Attend a Sunday Service. All of those are specifically geared towards church programs from which the church directly benefits. Why not create a place where the community can come and feel loved. We should take Bill Graham’s quote seriously; “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”
Love on the community. They will love you back.