The other day my son, who is 19 months old, and his friend were playing with toy drums in the living room. It was, as you would expect, a bit chaotic. They would both hit the drums with sporadic beats and booms that simply served the purpose to be louder than the previous hit. It was pretty awful.

However, for just a moment, they got on the same beat. They played together for about 8 seconds. It was actually kinda beautiful. For those 8 seconds two toddlers created a rhythm that was stable enough to be considered pleasant.

It made me think about the nature of community. Community is like two people playing instruments together. If both people work hard and put all of their time and effort and love into the playing of the instrument, they create beautiful music. They don’t have to be playing the same melody, they just have to be playing the same song.

However, if just one of them neglects practice or passion it creates an ugly mess of noise.

Community works best when everyone who is involved puts their heart into it.