Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, and not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Staying in touch with our friends and family is a constant activity. It seems one group is telling us using the internet is not actually staying connected because it lacks the personal touch. It is true, you can hide your real person behind that firewall. Some run the risk of sharing too much. Another point of view encourages us to sign up for every LinkedIn, Facebook or circle connection, it’s hard to keep all the connecting straight. Do you really want to be connected to your mother’s brother’s chiropractor’s sister? Remember, social media does not make a person, it reveals them.
No matter how you feel about being connected online, building relationships with your connections takes effort. Starting with some online resources, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, is just the beginning. Next, you need to make that connection personal. A simple Facebook message, just to say, “hi,” is a great way to make a daily effort. When you read a Facebook post from a friend, make the time to send a direct message instead of just commenting on their status.
The post office isn’t closed, yet. Getting a personal note via snail-mail really makes a difference. Take a few minutes to write a note to a friend or family member you are thinking of today. That person will be greatly blessed by your gesture.
Now my favorite part of writing notes to friends and family is making notecards. I love all the printing services where I can pick a photo and have it made into a card. The cards are so nice, and if you are frugal like me, you find all the Coke points people throw away and save them to buy shutterfly stuff- cards, photo books, etc., for the cost of shipping. Yea, I know that’s pretty cheap and maybe a little trashy but I have purchased many photo things this way over the years, and saved a lot of money.
This is one of my oldest son’s digital art pictures I used to make graduation announcement cards. Sharing these personal accomplishments in my children’s lives creates stronger relationships with our friends and family.
This post is linked up with Timewarp Wife for Titus 2sdays