What is Community?: Olivia Scott

WHY do you live on this estate when you could live in a nice country house?

Don’t rub it in! Sometimes the constant smell of weed and the barrage of bad language can get too much. On days like that I would love to live in a nice country house with a proper garden! But there’s need here, people to love.

Why live with so many people?

With so many other people who love God! That’s the key; it would be a painful disaster if it wasn’t for our joint love for God. When I love God, I love those He loves (well, at least I give it a shot) and I want to be with them. And when people see that, hopefully they will see God.

What’s it like being a mother in community?

When I was single living in community meant “living with my friends”. Getting married was a whole different ball game. It got harder – and even harder when we had a family! We had to work out how to be a family inside another family.

Our parenting skills (or lack of) are played out on a very public stage. Saying that, though, community is a great way of life for the children; their lives are jammed packed full of love and they get to learn pretty early on to think of others (still a way to go on that one though).

I want my life to be like a snowball going downhill; not slowing down with age, but speeding up and gathering more momentum the closer I get to heaven.

You’re 29. What do you want to be doing in 50 years time?

To still be in God’s will. I want to be able to look back and smile, not hold onto bitterness and disappointments.

I want my life to be like a snowball going downhill; not slowing down with age, but speeding up and gathering more momentum the closer I get to heaven.

Published 14th September 2012 with tags: family love marriage

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