I did not make it to Church today; but I watched the sermon online. I have been going to a non-denominational church in San Marcos by the recommendation of one of my fellow REI Investors! I am loving it!
Faith and building my relationship with God has been a major part of my journey. And I know it is one of the main reasons I am on this journey; I embrace it!
Today’s sermon was about “Friending” and how social media is NOT enough; we still need a community of (actual, live) people. The Pastor mentioned that one of the #1 phobia’s in America is talking on the phone. I can see that. I see it in a lot of my friendships and in myself. Sometimes a text is “easier”. Friendships are messy and are “easier” dealt with via text.
I can only speak for myself; I am old school, I still love a great phone conversation vs a series of texts. I can remember staying up until sunrise on the phone! They were amazing times, times when I was truly connected. It was more personal!
The other message that hit home was God wants us to be part of a thriving community of people who love and support us! He wants us to be in pursuit of our friends and try to reciprocate our love and encourage everyone! There is something powerful about confessing your sins to each other and having your friends pray for your sins and vs versa. Again, I think it goes back to vulnerability!
The sermon also mentioned that we should “allow” our friends to see our struggles and our always our so amazing pieces. I definitely think in the past month or so, I have done exactly that! I have been vulnerable, I have put it out there that I am in a dark space and I have requested positive vibes and prayers. It didn’t kill me! It was (without a doubt) uncomfortable, but I did it!
What this means to me: I need to make more of an effort to being a good friend, being there, live (if I can) or via phone). I want to increase the # of phone calls I make and decrease the # of texts and emails I send. I want to find my positivity again; I want to continue to inspire and motivate my friends! And I know it is OK for me not to be ok 100% of the time and to allow my friends to provide comfort to me as well!
I am over the moon grateful for all of my friends! Those I see, talk to, text with constantly and those who I don’t speak with so often!
I respect that everyone has their own beliefs on God and the Universe; I do not welcome any negative comments of feedback on this post. Thank you!