We have a tendency of busying ourselves with the business of being busy.
Smart phones, tablets, computers of every incarnation, et al. fill our every moment with distractions. Despite all these ways of connecting, we still have a lingering desire to connect with others that remains unsatisfied.
Lately, I have fallen prey to the same. Last night, we were finishing up decorating the Christmas tree, and I was busying myself with my latest obsession on the computer. Despite familial beckoning (my daughter physically grabbing my arm), I remained wired to the computer but disconnected from the family.
In hindsight, the older I get, the more I realize the moral for being is connecting with others. More often than not that means being physically and mentally present. Being on the computer or watching TV in the same room doesnâ€™t qualify.
How do you truly connect then, in a meaningful way? Iâ€™ve often wondered.
You hear popular notions of connecting, but the one definition that holds me captive each time I read it is I Corinthians 13. In this section of the epistle to the Church at Corinth, Paul lays down the eternal value of love.
If you havenâ€™t read the passage, bear with me:
â€œIf I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.â€
â€œLove is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;â€
â€œbut if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophecy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.â€
â€œWhen I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
â€œBut now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.â€
Quite frankly, that leaves me speechless, but with definite marching orders.
How about you? What do you think?
If you have any thoughts or experience, please post. Iâ€™d like to hear what you have to say.