I don’t know why this is heavy on my heart this morning, but I’m very convicted about caring for my friends and family members. Over the past few months, I’ve been so focused on my life and my school work. My thoughts have centered on what essays are due, what books I need to read, what professor I need to speak with, and what posts to write on my blog.
Bottom line- I have become very focused.
Focus is great, in fact, it’s the only way that I can achieve all that I aspire to, and the only way that I can truly walk in God’s plan for my life. Focus enables me to hear clearly from the Lord and to act speedily when He speaks.
But focus is sometimes blinding. You blind yourself to those around you and to those who you should see. By the very nature of its being, focus demands that we look at a very minuscule thing until we see something different. Until we attain the revelation. Until we achieve the magis.
On the flip side, I’ve been thinking about my friends who I haven’t been in contact with. Although I have maintained contact with the ones I truly care about, and those who enable me live through my day, what about those times when keeping in touch requires a little more than a text or a phone call?
I haven’t taken the time to go visit, to chat, and to experience the little thrills that enrich a friendship. I haven’t taken the time to notice the little quirks, the misdemeanors, and the sadness that camouflages behind loud laughter and bight smiles.
It may be the same for you. So let’s all commit to do more, to be there when the going gets tough. To love more deeply, to care more intentionally.
Here’s a little something from my devotional today:
“If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it.”
The main point of the devotional was about being carried away to do something for God, not because we want good points, some spiritual awakening, or more intimacy, but just because we love Him. How often do we do things simply because we love God. If we were hid in a tiny room somewhere far away, would be pray as earnestly as we do now? Would be give as fervently as we do now?
Now, relating this back to our friends, do we love them as earnestly and as fervently as we should? Do you pray for them when we promise to? Do you give to them as we should?
No, not giving money or resources because those always come back in some way.
But do we give of our time? Our hearts? Our prayers?