Lately I've found myself craving connection and longing for a deep conversation...you know the ones that go beyond, "What are you doing today?", "Is everyone healthy?", "Tie yours shoes, pick up those toys!" "What should we have for supper?" Exchanging these words are important, but we were created for more.
More than a quick hello and a 140 character post on Twitter...don't get me wrong technology isn't necessarily a bad thing, but we can't allow it to become the only thing. Relying on the perfect pictures and posts from Facebook to keep us connected can do some damage - one, it's pretty much surface level communication and two, the perfect world Facebook presents really doesn't exist.
If you or I depend on anything but good ole real face to face, heart to heart interaction to keep us connected we're setting ourselves up for trouble. We're simply building friendships that won't last; ones that won't make much of a difference in our own lives or that of the others.
My husband is a farmer and I won't claim to know much about crops and all it takes to make them grow, but I know the soil is important. In order for our corn to grow, my husband takes care of the soil...if the roots can't grow down, the corn won't grow up. Well it could grow up, but when the winds blow or the drought comes it won't stand for long.
Friend, I believe the same is true for the relationships in our lives. If we don't take the time to really invest in them, go beyond the surface and make the effort to connect not just with a status update, but instead by sharing our heart, they will not stand when the test comes. And isn't that when we really need our friends?
These are thoughts I've needed to hear and I pray they are words that speak to you as well! But before I close, one final thing: as I've been thinking about all of this God has reminded me, the same is true for my relationship with Him. There are moments I need to send a quick prayer His way and times I can read a short verse, but if I want to build a real, solid relationship with Him (and I do), I must spend time and share my heart. It will be a sacrifice, but the investment will make an eternal difference!
I pray you will join me in making a deposit in your relationships today!! I'd love for you to share how you do just that!!