Are you a connector?
A few years back I met a guy named Tim. Tim and I spent one weekend together as a part of a men's retreat. He and I talked a lot about commitment and what that meant. At the time, I was trying to figure out whether to move to North Carolina to chase my girlfriend around. Tim suggested I commit. So I did and 4 years or so later she and I are expecting our 1st baby. We fast forward a few years and Ashley and I decide to move to Portland. I let Tim know I'd be moving out (stayed connected!). By staying connected, we ended up at Tim's house having dinner once a week, getting to know his immediate family and even living with some of his other family members (for free!). Staying connected was HUGE.
Another friend of mine Eric stays connected with me. Out of the blue he'll send me a book, or a note, and it always seems to come at just the right time. It also makes me feel cared for and valued as a friend. So by his staying connected with me, our friendship carries on and I am blessed by it. Read more about him at ericscofield.wordpress.com .
Staying connected is huge. The Bible even talks about it in Hebrews 10:25 - "...let us consider how we may spur one another one in love and good deeds, and not give up meeting together..." . In fact, Jesus tells us that if two or more of us meet together, God will join us (Matthew 18:20)! It's just one more way of staying connector to our Creator - and each other.
You see, being a connector not only is good for you, it's good for them. I love being a connector. I love getting people involved with one another and staying involved with people. It has an immense pay off! So again I ask (and challenge) you: are you a connector?
Until next time, call someone you haven't in a while and re-connect. I dare you!