Every few years a TV show gains a lot of popularity – in the 80’s it was Cheers, then Friends. Currently How I Met Your Mother is big. On the drama end of things, a few years ago Ally McBeal was very popular, then came Gray’s Anatomy. Now, I realize that lots of other shows are popular, but these do have one thing in common, and I think it’s something that makes them and shows like them rise to the top. They create a very appealing fantasy. Everyone (well, almost everyone) wishes they had a group of friends that they could just hang with, talk to about anything at anytime, and who would completely and unconditionally accept them. Friends that would rally behind them when they had problems, that would go to any lengths to help them, would celebrate their accomplishments and joys, and would always want them around. Who wouldn’t want to belong and be loved on that level?
And that’s not a bad desire. God created us to be in community. We were never made to be solitary. Every act of creation that God did was proclaimed “good” until man. Then God said “It is not good.” What was not good? Man himself? No – the fact that man was alone.
That verse is often used as a recommendation for marriage, and I can’t disagree. I love marriage! I am one of the most happily married people walking the earth. But I don’t think that what God had in mind was that narrow. He created us to need one another, and to want to supply that need for one another.
It doesn’t take a lot to make us feel connected. A genuine smile, a few kind words can do a lot. Instead of looking for what I need, I intend to make a deliberate effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people I come across – to try to make the five or ten seconds (or minutes) that we interact brighter and more joyful. Because I do believe that is what God wants of me.
Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29