I was at the great Minnesota get together (a.k.a. state fair), enjoying the gobs of people, the explosion of aromas and the onslaught of visual colors that make this event such a great celebration. With my closest friends, we ate everything from Reuben bites and fried pickles to cheese curds and thick malts.
As we closed the evening, sipping the last of our mini-donut beverages, I scanned the faces of the people I love: a teacher, a police officer, a small business owner, a lawyer, a flight attendant, a home CEO, a worship leader and others. My heart was full. I couldn’t imagine doing life without this group. We have seen each other through loss and pain and through success and joy.
Social scientists have done mountains of work on the benefits of connecting with other people on a life-giving level. Research indicates that those who are not actively in or seeking other friendships (outside your immediate family unit) are 30% more likely to die earlier than the average person.
I guess that’s one of the reasons the writer or Hebrews says to not stop meeting with each other.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25.
Who are your closest pals? In what ways can you continue gathering together? What would it look like to let them know how grateful you are for them?