“How are you?” “Do you work?” “Are you ok?” These are questions we have been asked our entire life. Lately, they have taken on a whole new meaning. There is so much going on in our world today, and our minds are so overwhelmed with distraction. This has caused a more evident disconnect in our day to day conversation. Often times, when people ask questions, it is more of a formality, rather than an intentional conversation. I am guilty of this myself. I found myself really saddened that others had no idea what I really do, or who I am.
These emotions required more specific prayer on my part. Not only have I been praying, but I have been analyzing myself. I have taken my petitions to God, and have sought His guidance and wisdom on how to process this. As humans, we tend to be very surface people. We have friends and acquaintances that we interact with every day. How well do you know them? Do you ask them questions that have depth and meaning, or do you tend to stick to the basic conversations? Are we all so busy with our own tasks at hand, that we make subconscious decisions to zone out, causing us the inability to listen to others?
As this world continues to process through this pandemic and all the variables involved within it, we have somewhat been pushed to ‘check out’ when it comes to human relationships. This virtual world has created that division. We are all guilty of some element of disconnect, as we press through our rigid daily schedules. Let us be reminded that God desires us to encourage and help one another. The only way we can help or encourage one another, is if we are intentional and get to know one another. Make an intentional connection. Ask simple questions in order to find out what they do throughout each day. What makes them who they are? Listen. You will be surprised how much you can learn from others, and ultimately, how much you can help each other out.
God is with us.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. HEBREWS 10:23-25
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