I was getting my car worked on at a shop where I know the owner. He is honest and does good work at a fair price. As we discussed my issue, he could not do the certain procedure I needed done, and before I could ask if he knew where to go, he said, “I know a guy. He can do this. I will call him.” He called and even got me the ‘friends and family discount.’ I love connections like that, don’t you?
It is fun to be blessed and benefit from either the connections we have, or be brought in because of others connections. Friends do that as we help each other in life. We are compelled, out of love and kindness, to see how we can join people on their journey and lighten their load. The Bible encourages us that way.
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
This ‘law of Christ’ is the command Jesus gave to love each other
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Jesus was the greatest example of love as He cared for people, healed people, consoled people, taught people, and gave His life for people.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.
Jesus did just that for all humanity when He died on the cross as the Bible teaches (1 John 4:9-10, Romans 5:6-8). Jesus connected with people, He was intentional and inclusive and took time to connect with others…and so should we.
I was meeting someone in a local restaurant and I walked to my booth, I noticed all these friends laughing at stories from the weekend, co-workers spending time outside of work, families sharing a meal, all being intentional in fostering connections…because connections matter.
I know in our busy lives, connections are difficult, but we are better together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 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? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Far greater than getting a ‘friends and family discount,’ connections matter, and as life gets more and more complicated we could use someone to stand with us, who has our back, who can lift us up when we fall. Those connections are not automatic; it takes us being willing to be that helping friend to others. Will you? That connection matters.
Church is a good place to connect. Yes, to connect to others, but mostly to connect to God. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove this week. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . It would be fun to connect with you.
Seeking to better to connect with others along with you,