Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this statement from someone who used to attend a former place of worship: "I went to a church for 3 years and when I left no one ever stayed in contact with me!"
This to me is very sad. Often, the person who states this might have even been a faithful church attendee. They showed up for Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday Bible Study, yet they left without ever having formed many deep and growing relationships with others.
I ask myself, "How does this happen?" I have a theory. Perhaps the primary reason this happens is when we substitute consistent activity for meaningful relationships. In other words, we assume that because we see one another each week that our relationships with each other will naturally grow stronger. But this is simply not the case.
True relationships do not instantaneously happen through being in the same room with another person on Sunday morning. They happen as we get to know a person through discovering their greatest joys and deepest hurts.
That being said, I have a challenge for you that I have given to our people at Discovery Pointe! Find someone else in your church and connect with them outside of Sunday. Maybe this means having a coffee with them, doing an activity together, or just spending some time with them.
Trust me, I know doing this can feel like a stretch! You might not feel you have the time, energy, or motivation. But stepping out and acting on this idea will do a couple of things:
This all being said, let's go out and love each other this week!