Welcome to The Well!
I have been planning the launch of this blog for over a month and I'm so glad that the time has finally come. I hope that only good things come from this blog for both me and for you. For the future, I have some pretty cool ideas (at least I think so) and I can't wait for that time to come. Until then, hangout with me, get to know me, and let me get to know you too.
I got the idea for the name "The Well" while I was working on a project for one of my college classes. The class was called "Church Growth and Planting" (I went to the best Christian University there is... #ORU) and the project was to write a paper over our ideal church plant. We had to give even the most tiny detail and put it all on paper. I did not end up using the name "The Well" for the "church plant", because I felt like it was supposed to be used for something different... and real. So here we are... 7 months later and "The Well" has come to life!
The idea behind this blog is that it will be a place to draw from, just like people draw from wells. However, we will be drawing living water from this well. The main elements of this blog's mission is to build community, provide hope, pursue passions, and follow Jesus.
If we take a look at John 4,
We see the story of the woman at the well. Here, Jesus interacts with a Samaritan woman.
WAIT... Jesus was a Jew and this woman was a Samaritan? And He still talked to her? Yep!
This is a big deal, because back in the day there were strict social divisions between men and women who were not related. On top of that, Jews and Samaritans did not associate with each other... the Jews actually looked down on Samaritans as dirty people. But of course, Jesus decided to break the social norm and reach out to this woman.
Okay, let's go a little deeper.
The Samaritan woman had been married 5 times and she was living with another man who was NOT her husband. So this woman was obviously an outcast even to her own people. Yet, Jesus still spoke to her out of love. He got on the woman's level and just talked to her as a human being. He didn't stop there though, He then offered this woman Living Water and revealed Himself as the Messiah. The woman went on to tell her friends about what just happened and many Samaritans believed her, because of her testimony.
In this story we see Jesus building community with the woman and the Samaritan people. We see Jesus providing hope for this broken and outcast woman. We see passions rising up within this woman who went out to share the good news of Jesus. Lastly, we see this woman and a community of Samaritans following Jesus.
What does this mean for us?
I believe that we are called to be just like Jesus and the woman at the well. We are called to be like Jesus in how we build community and how we love others. We are called to be like the woman in the way that she pushed passed her brokenness and sinfulness to follow Jesus.
Jesus has a heart for those who are broken and He associates with the outcasts. At the well, brokenness (the woman) and hope (Jesus) meet.
I don't just want to write. I don't just want to post blogs. I don't just want to gain more followers on Instagram.
I want to help facilitate a community of believers. I want to get to know YOU. Yes, you... whoever you are. I want to pray for you and I want to know you as a friend. So reach out. Don't be a stranger. Let's build community and pave the way for brokenness and hope to meet.