This post has been written to add to the Five Minute Friday link-up, where the prompt for the day is, “friend”.
This is a phrase that would have made a lot less sense when I was a little girl.
Social media was not a thing; in fact, I still remember the first computers (that weren’t the size of a room, and that “regular” people could own in their homes). Yes, I may be dating myself, but that’s OK.
But it’s a common request these days, connecting us to those we know on Facebook and other social media.
I am fairly careful who I friend. It’s good to be safe online and in real life and use godly caution.
But let’s not live in so much fear that we shut real people out.
I know that online relationships and acquaintances can never take the place of spending time with flesh and blood people, but I do find it engaging and a wonderful way to keep up with those I do know and love but can’t always be with due to miles or time constraints.
There are several wonderful ladies I’m getting to know only online. I have never met them in person, but if I walked into a room and they were there, I would give them hugs.
I believe that real friendships can be made, renewed or rekindled, or just maintained partly by interacting online. I even wrote a whole blog post on that premise.
But let’s not forget to get off of our technology and out into the real world.
Let’s make time to get together with those we love and those we wish to know better.
Don’t just pass by those people with whom you go to church, those neighbors you wish you knew better, or the colleagues you see at work, without touching them somehow.
Be the person who is not afraid to smile at a stranger, stop to help a passerby, or even offer a word of encouragement or friendship to those we meet.
Let’s cherish the ones we love and not take these moments for granted.
Because the hearts of everyone around us are saying, “friend me“.
And my heart needs to be a friend, too.