At times, we all feel overwhelmed by our schedules. In the blink of an eye, there's something scheduled every night of the week and we have to make decisions about what to drop. In order to create some margin, we may even entertain the idea of dropping our small group. I'm all for creating margin. Without margin, all areas of our lives suffer. But creating margin is about more than just creating time; it's about creating quality. What we say "no" to may be the thing we most need.
There may be brief seasons where being in a small group just isn't possible, but by and large, being in groups is the lifeline of what keeps us connected in true community. If we let the busyness of our schedules bump small group out of the picture, we may be unintentionally making two decisions: Saying "no" to being connected with others, and saying "yes" to being disconnected.