Friday, May 1, 2015

Friendship: Post 6

"Even the most independent-and certainly the most isolated-among us need community.  Never fail to express the simple but powerful message: I'm thinking of you.
-Dawn Camp

We need community.  We are social creatures that need interaction with one another to fulfill God's purpose for our lives.  Social media has revolutionized and hindered this process.  We are now able to stay in touch more than ever before; but we also spend less time with one another than ever before.  Gone are the days when women would meet over a cup of tea to chat and take a break from their busy day.  Even phone calls have been replaced by text messages.  Neighborhood get-togethers have been replaced by Facebook parties.

15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
-Ephesians 4:15-17

In this passage in Ephesians, the community of believers is referred to as the body of Christ.  A body needs to be joined together, touching, feeling, listening to one another to function properly.

Knowing you have a friend thinking of you, caring for you and loving you renews the spirit and refreshes the soul.  We need this human connection to reset and refocus when life becomes difficult and frustrating.  Knowing we are not alone in our struggles is a gift from God.

So reach out to a friend today.  Remind them you care, you are thinking of them, and you love them.