Connect With People

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I find it interesting how we live in an era where technology has made connection so convenient, yet we seem to be more disconnected than ever.

Recently I was at a local shopping centre patiently waiting for my wife as she faithfully committed to her regular treatment of retail therapy, and I couldn’t help but notice the amount of people that were face down in some type of electronic device, ignoring the people who were walking right pass them or in some cases those who were right next to them. Now, I must confess the only reason I noticed these people was because I briefly paused and looked up from scrolling through my ever important Instagram feed. I can often finish more depressed than inspired because I’m looking at other people’s highlight reels and comparing them to my current reality (We’ll unpack the price of comparison some other time). When I eventually stirred up the will power to put my phone in my pocket I was challenged by this thought:

“We’re often more committed to connect with people who aren’t in the room than those that are.”

Now this isn’t the post to try and convince you to fast from social media for the next 21 days but the question I would invite you to consider is:

“How am I connecting with people on purpose?”

Notice I didn’t ask how many followers you had on Instagram or how many friends you have on Facebook but rather how much time are you spending purposefully connecting with the people in your world?

A wise friend once told me that God doesn’t want you to reach the world, He wants you to reach your world. When you realise this is done practically through relationships you start to invest, value, care for and connect with people on purpose.

Jesus emphasized the need for us to connect on purpose in Matthew 22:37-39:

“Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39 MSG)

May you be encouraged to connect on purpose with those in your world, knowing that God wants to use your life to lead others to Him.