I’m sure this has happened to you: you are on a cell phone call, connecting with someone, only to realize you lost connection. That happened to me this past week on a call with my daughter. We are talking away and I realized, after about a minute, that we had lost connection. We did reconnect, but it was a bit frustrating because connecting with my kids is important, that connection matters. I experienced another misconnection this week as I could not connect to our office WIFI, yet when I tried to hard-wire into the network, that connection did not work. Well, it did work, I just had the plug in upside down!?! The reason this on-line connection mattered so much to me was the way I enjoy the relationship contacts and interactions I can have over email and social media. Those connections are important. Connections matter!
We as people were created to connect with others. Like those beloved Legos that snap together, we love connecting and reconnecting to build relationships, memories, and adventures. We snap together like Legos to also accomplish our work, grow in faith, parent our kids, run a ministry, do a project, or build a business. Like Legos we are not all the same in the amount of connections or snaps we have. Some people seem to have limitless connecting possibilities and some have fewer connecting points. One is not better, just different, yet the design is to snap together…because connections matter.
The Bible talks a lot about our connection.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Our connection matters because we are actually better together: encouraging each other as we work, helping one another as we struggle, affirming, encouraging, challenging those we are connected with on to greater heights.
Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
See, it’s easy to choose not to connect, to be isolated, to not make the time or take the time to seek out connections. There is a danger in being isolated:
Proverbs 18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
Not only does isolation tend to take away the freshness of life, but isolation also tends to be lead to loneliness and a life void of joy.
Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 7 Again, I saw vanity under the sun: 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business.
Yet, connections matter. The challenge is clear…
Philippians 2:3-4 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Romans 12:15-16 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.1 Never be conceited.
So be connected. Take an opportunity. Carve a few minutes from your busy day and…share a cup of coffee with someone, talk to people in line at the grocery store, say hi to your neighbors, call an old friend, instant message someone on Facebook. Don’t make it just a monologue like a post or tweet, but engage, dialogue, interact, share a moment. You will be surprised at how people crave, how you crave the connection. Why not give it a try today?
Church is a great place to connect with others. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches we have wonderful connecting times around donuts and coffee after and before our church services. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . We would love to connect with you!
Seeking to make connections alongside you,