I’ve lived too long without opening up to people around me and that has been a mistake. I don’t mean your life should be an open book shared with everyone, but that you should pick your friends wisely. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and feelings with those friends and be open when they share their lives with you.
It is easy to get caught up in life and not take time for your friends. It happens without much thought. Your responsibilities at work go from 40 to 60 hours a week. Friends that you used to have in-depth talks with are now a Facebook “friend” or message on snap chat. Social media is a poor substitute for a deep friendship.
When we finally get time to spend some one on one time our phones are probably right beside us. How many times have you replayed the picture to the right? I challenge you to put your phone away. Let the person you are talking with know that they are important. Practice listening undistracted by the barrage of social media played out on your smartphone every second.
One of my favorite books is Don’t Let Me Go by Katherine Hyde. It is a powerful book about a young girl who is in trouble because her mom is on drugs. The neighbors all pull together to help her and by doing so find that love transforms their lives as well. When I am writing this Audible offers one book free for trying them out. This is a good book to take their free offer up on.
Someone asked Jesus: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself
Life really is about love and giving yourself in love to God and others. It makes no sense but if you do that you’ll experience a life that is filled with God, power and joy that you’ll find hard to explain.