Okay, we all know Facebook, and Facebook friends. I’ve so enjoyed finding old classmates and renewing friendships. Seeing photos of their kids and grandkids. Sending birthday greetings to teachers I haven’t seen for years. Keeping in touch with family that maybe I don’t call like I should…nephews, nieces, in-laws and out-laws!
But today, as I pulled up FB, something hit me. Have you noticed on the right hand side of the page the tab…People You May Know? Today, I hit the tab. Never know who I may find. What came to me was this…
There were pages and pages of people I knew. People I went to school with, people I grew up with, people I went to church with, people I saw in the grocery store or post office most every day, people I sat at ballgames with, kids that had been in my home over and over who were all grown up, customers from where I worked…the list went on and on.
This isn’t about numbers…how many Facebook friends can I get? This is about actions and me. Why were these people not my Facebook friends? How many chances did I miss to really make a friend? How many chances did I miss to really “care” about another? How many opportunities did I miss to go beyond superficial and really pay attention to someone? How many times did I have a chance to “be God’s hands”, and I let it pass me by?
It kind of made me sad, and a little disappointed in myself.
New International Version (NIV)
36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
I don’t really care what the numbers say on Facebook, what I care about is “loving my neighbor as myself”.
Today, I’m looking at that differently. I will pay attention to those “I know”…I will seek to “love them” and “show Christ’s love”.
Blessings to you.