On my most recent visit to the in-laws; the boys and Dan were teaching the parents how to use the newest phone technology. It amazes me how quickly the younger generations pick up on all that you can do. It was during the discovery of the phones and their capabilities that Dan conference called his dad, mom, and our three sons.
I sat watching as the five were sitting in the same room and talking to one another on their phones, all five saying “hello?”. I was laughing at the silliness of it all when a thought occurred to me during this exchange.
They were laughing and enjoying being ‘connected’ to one another.
There is such joy in being connected to people. I personally know how easy it is to hermit away. I have been hurt and it is so much simpler in my own mind to hide away and not allow myself to be hurt or let down again. But then the moments of joy are never experienced when I allow myself to do this. There is such joy in laughing with a good friend, sharing together, praying together and being a support system to one another.
God can be our all, and meet all our needs, and one way he does this is by supplying us with companionship. Man was not meant to be an island all alone. Community is a very important part of living in joy.
One suggestion I do make from my life experiences; make sure the people you are giving your energy into are also supplying you with their energy as well. Unless God calls you to be light into a specific life your friendships should not be only one direction. When you find a friend that puts into your life as much as they take, hold on to them, feed that friendship and stay connected!
My friends, do not forsake fellowship with one another. Do not be a hermit and try to take everything on your own shoulders without the experience of letting another person share your load.
Stretch out of your comfort zone and be a good friend. It is very true that you will reap what you sow. If you sow into lives you will reap great rewards!
Today’s challenge : Be a good friend; send an encouraging note, make a phone call or share your heart with someone you can trust. Do not be a hermit.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the day approaching.