So thankful for friends that God has placed in my life over the years.
There are seasons in my life where certain individuals have had a huge impact on me. People who have loved me, prayed for me, challenged me and have believed in me.
I had some dear friends come and visit me today from our old neck of the woods and it was just nice to talk, share and laugh together.
Have you had those kind of friends that you know will always be in your life no matter where you move or live? Those kind of people are few and far between.
I feel challenged to not just be a recipient of someone’s good friendship but to also be the kind of person who makes the effort to stay connected and be the initiator.
There will always be busyness in our lives…places to go, tasks to accomplish, kids to take care of…but friendships need to be nurtured.
There are so many ways to reconnect and stay connected with people we love and value. Of course the internet is one largely used methold for communication but I wonder if we allow the interaction through texting, facebook, twitter etc…to become a replacement for staying connected to those friends.
Technology is helpful but woudn’t it be nice to see a friend in person, get an acutal phone call from a friend or get a letter in the mail.
I’m guilty of not making phone calls. Somehow it’s becoming more acceptable to maintain relationships through social media. I think it’s great especially for those who live far from us and we rarely get to see. Yet there are friends are in driving distance who might 30 minutes to an hour away but we somehow we never see.
As a christian I have learned that maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves me being connected to people and in some mysterious way it pours into my relationship with God. Pursuing healthy friendships is connected somehow to my spiritual growth. Scripture gives the analogy of the body and says we each have different roles and functions. One is the eye, another is the hand and so on. Each member of my body relies on the other to function wholly. I like how it says”18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”!” Absolutely not!
God created us for relationships and those relationship make us better people and helps us to function in a healthy way.
I hope I can set a good example to my boys. One that reflects healthy & growing friendships and a ongoing growing relationship with Christ. Social media has it’s place and can be helpful but let’s remember that sometimes it’s good to get a hug in person and hear a voice over the phone.
Now my homework assignment is to call an old friend…….who should you call?