As we enter into this part of the year, we have finished with all the "new" things. The focus may have dulled a bit and we might need to remind ourselves of those words that we chose; those disciplines that we have determined to build into our lives.
We just came through a month of thinking about relationships (February). At least it was in my world of kids and school! Valentine's Day was a few weeks ago and my kids were preparing for their school parties and finding the perfect type of candy to pass out to their friends. My daughter's preschool teacher even printed out a sheet with the picture of each student in the class so they can personally hand things out to one another.
There's something to be said about face-to-face relationships, isn't there? In our world today there is so much attempt to relate to one another from behind a screen. I'll be honest and say that for me, it has grown concerning. I've recognized the tendency in myself to care more about how many "likes" my Instagram account is getting than how much time I spent playing with my daughter today.
Something is wrong with that. Very wrong.
We have become a society that feeds off of fast-paced, unreliable, competitive "information sharing" instead of real, deep, honest relationships with others who are connected to our daily lives. I challenge you this month to evaluate your own "screen relationships" and consider these 4 things:
- How many of these people have I seen face to face in the past 6 months?
- How many of them have personally connected with me through a message or text in the past month?
- How much time am I spending on "screen relationships" as compared to those individuals who are actually, physically in my life?
- What does the Lord want for me in this season in regard to relationships?
We'll come back to this in a few weeks... but in the meantime, use this free tool to assist you in this evaluation process.