Thursday, June 6, 2019
Connection is what it's all about. Just visit your local greeting card store and you'll see what I mean. Here's a favorite poem to further the point:
Connection comes in many forms, but it is always tricky. We all want it, and then when we get it, we don't always know what to do with it. Right? We want a life partner. We love the other, the other loves us. We get connected, and within months, things begin to change. What happened? Where is that wonderful spark that we loved so much? We currently have a 50/50 chance of a lasting marriage. Connection is a challenge.
If you have raised children you will know that parent/child connections can stump us. Just as baffling can be our relationships with other family members. What to do?
Let's not overlook the fact that connection entails work. It's hard to put our egos aside, to practice self control, to try on the other person's point of view, to find ways to keep communication lines open. I believe we are called to do these very things. We are called to love one another.
My church has been particularly helpful in teaching healthy ways to connect with each other. We've learned how to speak calmly and directly to others, especially those who rile us. We have practiced the steps of a good apology. We've looked to scripture for direction. I'm so thankful for these faith connections.
Jesus taught us to love God first, and then love our neighbor's as ourselves. He also said to love our enemies. None of these are easy commandments. Fortunately we have some roadmaps. Here is one:
I Corinthians 13:
Best to you all for a month of good connections,