Evolving Friendships

I’m at that point in my life where I have been blessed with some pretty incredible people in my life; many of whom I am either no longer in contact with or who I simply don’t see as often as I would like. I don’t know if it is a product of busy lives in a society where social media has become a substitute for personal interaction or if our lives have just gone in different directions. Perhaps it is just me and the older I get the less inclined I feel like going out. So it is that I find myself in between a place of needing my friends and good conversation and wanting to binge-watch some random show.

The truth is, I am always much happier and at peace after hanging out with a friend; regardless of how much I have to will myself out the door. These friendships matter and I want to make a greater effort to spend time with people who are important in my life journey. Unfortunately, life is busy and I’m doing that whole budget thing , and I’m not having as many of those one-on-one moments as I would like.

However, I have discovered this concept of group friendship and it is expanding my world even more. I’m a connector and so it seems only natural to get two or three or six of my friends together to do something as a group. (I learned this from a friend who set the example). We go out for breakfast. We head off to the winery on Saturday. We take classes together. We go to dinner and an concert. We meet to study and pray. We even go on cruises!! The opportunities are endless!

In the process I am escaping from stream of mindless shows and I’m meeting all sorts of new people. Friends invite me into their group of friends and they invite friends into our group and the connections grow and grow. From these new connections grow new interests and new relationships keep sprouting forth. It is so much richer than clicking on “like” and hoping they noticed that I noticed their post!

My life is fuller because of these evolving friendships. It’s ok if we don’t go out all the time because when we do it is like we never missed a beat and our lives are joy-filled until our next gathering!

Romans 12:4-5 / For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

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