Earlier this week, I received a phone call from a friend whom I hadn’t spoken to in seven years. Nothing had happened between us to cause a rift or a divide. We had simply lost touch with each other due to life’s circumstances and a series of relocations. It was so good to hear her voice again! It was one of those situations where the passage of time was irrelevant, having in no way altered our connection. We were able to just pick up right where we had left off. There wasn’t any awkwardness, but rather the comforting ease of the familiar. We were still able to encourage one another and make each other laugh. It was a great conversation.
I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to get caught up in the busyness of life, setting the valuable aside while giving preference to “necessary” negligible daily affairs. We don’t think we have the time to call somebody back, so we put it off for another day. Sometimes, “another day” turns into weeks, months, and then years – and we fail to cultivate a relationship. In the same way, we neglect to invest the time to nurture our gifts and talents because we place more worth upon other things… things that seem more important, but are rather trivial in the grand scheme. Sometimes, even God is cast aside and ignored. We can’t keep doing this.
When we fail to cultivate our relationships (with both God and others) and when we fail to nurture our gifts, we cheat the world around us by depriving them of what we have to offer. We also limit our own potential for growth, because not only are we keeping our gifts to ourselves, but we’re not remaining available and open to receive from others. Any time spent investing in another human being is an opportunity for growth; therefore, it can never be considered a waste. The same is true for time spent developing and refining one’s talents.
There is something so substantial about doing the things that you feel “born to do.” It is healing and invigorating, because you are tapping into part of your intrinsic God-given design. In relationship, there is something very special about being in the presence of someone who knows you – really knows you – and still loves you. It brings freedom and security, because you’re in a place where it is safe to completely be yourself. This kind of friendship is a rare treasure and should not be easily discarded or taken lightly. It is a gift from God to be cherished. And who knows you better or loves you more than God?
Take a moment and think. Look at your life. Is there any area where you have allowed busyness to come in and dictate your decisions? Have you lost touch with anyone or anything? What about God? What about yourself? If this is the case, then it’s time to do something about it.
Take a step.
It’s never too late to reconnect.