Friend Me

This post has been written to add to the Five Minute Friday link-up, where the prompt for the day is, “friend”.

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Friend me.”

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.

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8 replies
  1. Janis Cox
    Janis Cox says:

    Hi
    I am your neighbour at FMF number 59. I too have met wonderful Christian friends online. And then met them in person. That’s happened at least 3 times. God seems to connect us, doesn’t He?
    I like flesh and blood friends but I do have to remember than my online friends too are flesh and blood. Great to meet you.
    blessings
    Janis

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    • Ann Guinn
      Ann Guinn says:

      Hi Janis. It’s true, isn’t it, that the people online are really flesh and blood as well, and need to be treated as such! Thanks for reading today. It’s nice to meet you, too. 🙂

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  2. Sue
    Sue says:

    I love the line, “Because the hearts of everyone around us are saying, “friend me“. It is so true that we often miss out because we don’t engage. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for visiting my blog! Visiting from FMF!

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  3. Jen
    Jen says:

    Social media wasn’t a thing for me as a kid or even a teenager (we had a computer but my parents were scared of the Internet! So we didn’t have it.) When I first started college, I was lonely. And I found message boards and discovered blogging and made a bunch of internet friends. I’d like to think it helped me get past some of my own awkwardness when it came to making flesh and blood, real life friends, but I’m still grateful for many wonderful folks I’ve met online.

    Shoot, even my husband started as an Internet friend. So I guess that worked out. 🙂

    Loved reading your thoughts… and feeling challenged and encouraged too! Thanks for reading my rabbit trail, haha. Visiting from FMF!

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    • Ann Guinn
      Ann Guinn says:

      Hi Jen. Don’t worry about the “rabbit trail”. I’m just glad to see I’m not the only one who likes to leave long comments. Brevity is not my forte. So nice to meet you!

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  4. Lesley
    Lesley says:

    I started blogging about 18 months ago and I never would have expected it was possible to have such close friendships with people I have only met online but never in person. It has been such a blessing to connect with so many great people, and the FMF community has been a big part of that. Visiting from #21.

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