Sometimes, I make random telephone calls, send emails or mail cards to people I haven’t seen or heard from in a while. More often than not, the response is a delightful surprise and gratitude! I recall mailing a card to a young woman I mentored. She responded by sending me a thank you note that read, “Thank you, Ms. Talulah, for thinking of me. I didn’t know people still mailed cards.” Another young woman relocated and is active on social media but often takes the time to send a letter to give me updates on her life. And then, there is my friend, who has the daily challenges of being a caregiver, wife, and mother. Somehow she finds the time to encourage others in personal ways.

The advancements in technology and social media have afforded us the ability to connect with people worldwide. Social networking platforms are valuable tools that helped keep the world connected during the pandemic, but are they becoming a substitute for personal communication? The 100s of friends associated with social networking platforms have a purpose that is different from the friends we know personally and have a relationship bond that requires nurturing.

Consider the people in your life that you call friends. It could be a neighbor, a church member, someone in your connect group, a current or former co-worker. This list is not all-inclusive. When was the last time you contacted a “friend” by telephone call, text, letter, or card? Snail mail may seem outdated, but many people enjoy receiving and rereading cards and letters. If you’ve allowed yourself to fall captive to the often overused excuse “I don’t have time,” it’s not too late to begin!

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”  – Mother Theresa

What small steps can we take to reconnect with people in a more personal way? Maybe you do not use social media, but you probably have a telephone. Please join me in a Reconnect With Friends Challenge. Review your phone contacts and make a list of five people you have not been intentional in maintaining consistent communication. Could you make plans to reach out to them this week?  Just say I’m thinking of you. How are you? I’ve missed seeing you, let’s catch up! These simple statements can mean a great deal to a person who is craving connection.

Who’s on your contact list?

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17, NIV)