Going beyond Friendship takes some effort. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Facebook because it has kept me connected in the lives of friends that I haven’t seen in real life for YEARS! I’m talking since college, which for me was many many moons ago. I know, hard to believe…right!
Yet, there are so many dynamics that we contend with when trying to clear our schedules for seeing friends in person. Our friends have either moved too far away, our kids get sick, we have work commitments, church commitments, family events, or we’re just too darn tired to give up our relaxing weekend.
Over the years I have friends that I still feel close to even though miles separate us, thankfully because of Facebook . Yet I find in each transition of life it’s important to maintain these friendships and stay connected on some deeper level. Yes, sorry to tell you Facebook is not the deepest level of friendship. Hard to believe but true.
One of my most important goals of this new year is to be more intentional about staying connected with friends. There are always 100 reasons that come up for why we don’t make a phone call, text someone or even get in our car and drive a few hours just to get together.
Here are 4 ways that we can meaningfully go beyond Facebook Friendship as I go into this New Year:
1. Call at least one friend on the phone each month. Gasp! Yes, actually talk to a live person. This is meant for those friends that I usually only “talk to on Facebook”
2. Get together with a friend at least once a month. This is a stretch for me. If I can even do this once every other month, that will be impressive.
3. Ready for the big one? This is like never done anymore and in fact maybe thing of the past… Write someone a letter by hand and mail it! Not sure if this is even something anyone actually does anymore, but I do have to say I love getting mail when it’s not bills!
4. Pray for your friends and the challenges they are facing. How often do you hear of a friend who is going through a hard time? Even when it’s nearly impossible to be there in person to offer comfort we can always pray for them. Prayer is really just talking to God on behalf of your friend and asking God to intervene in their life situation.
Speaking of friends I made this printable that not only can be encouragement to a friend but even something you can print out for yourself to remind you what a great person you are too!
It’s a 8×10 printable of 16 attributes if you will of an awesome woman who follows after God with all her heart. There are two options one in color with a white background and the other with white writing on a burlap background.
You can print this 8×10 printables at home on cardstock or even online at Target to print on photo paper.
Don’t forget the awesome gift of friendships you’ve been given this holiday season, take a minute to call someone and let them know you’re thinking of them. It may be just what they needed.
What are some ways you plan on connecting with your friends this upcoming holiday season?