Today's Devotional Thought
July 16, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Each morning, I have a routine that I follow that I try to accomplish before the kids wake-up. I have my quiet time, prayer time, and then if the kids are still asleep, I will open my laptop and check emails and Facebook. I am always intrigued as I open my laptop in the morning and scan down Facebook to see what folks are writing first thing in the morning. In postings, you see dread that it is Monday. You see funny anecdotes from the weekend. You see motivational verses and statements to start the day fresh and inspired. And as I scan down through them, I see one consistent thing through the postings: People crave relationship.
Someone to commiserate with them that it is Monday and they have to go to work.
Someone to laugh with them about what they may have done over the weekend or something that their child said that was funny.
Someone to encourage them because they are struggling with something and even though they posted that inspirational verse for the world to see and be encouraged by, they posted it likely because that is where they are and represents the encouragement that they need.
In need of encouragement.
In need of relationship.
In our high tech, fast moving world, I am struck by how one of the most used technological "products" right now is a social connection site. Thousands of years have passed since our creation and we are still reflecting one of our basic, created needs. We still crave, more than anything, connection with others.
For the purpose of fun and lighthearted moments.
For the purpose of encouragement.
For the purpose of meaning and fulfillment in life by giving to others.
We need other people. We need to have someone who understands us, can laugh with us, can encourage us, can pray for us, and can help us grow. And while I have many good, encouraging friends on Facebook, it is not my source of ultimate connection. My real source of connection is in my small country church with a room full of fellow believers. It is the impromptu talks that emerge in the Fellowship hall after service. It is my weekly Bible Study. It is kitchen table talks with my parents when they visit. It is roadtrip conversations with my husband about God's plan for our family. It is 2 hour phone calls about Scripture and life struggles with my best friend.
Those are where I find my ultimate connection with others.
Yes, Facebook is fun and can offer great encouragement. But friends, if you are not involved in a church or Bible Study, I want to encourage you today to find a church where you can experience good, rich Christian fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ. In my years of experience in church, it is where my deepest, most meaningful relationships have emerged. It is where God has given me the connection that we all so deeply desire.
The world is craving connection. And the existence of popular online sites proves that. If you are not involved in a church, then may I encourage you to get involved today. And if you are already active in a church, then ask someone today to come to church or Bible Study with you. And invite them to experience the type of connection that our souls crave and that God so richly blesses us with in his house.