Face-to-Face Time

Read: “The believers shared a common purpose, and every day they spent much of their time together in the Temple area. They also ate together in their homes. They were happy to share their food and ate with joyful hearts. The believers praised God and were respected by all the people. More and more people were being saved every day, and the Lord was adding them to their group.” Acts 2:46-47 (ERV)

Reflect: I grew up as the middle child among five siblings. My dad was an elementary school teacher and my mom worked for J.C. Penney’s. Somehow, despite dual careers and a myriad of activities, my family had a habit of eating dinner together almost every evening. And since our home did not have a dishwasher, dinnertime was followed by a rotating schedule of child labor, as we stayed in pairs to wash and dry the mountain of dishes created by a family of seven.

It is said that children learn what they live. In my extended family the dinner table is still a sacred space for conversation and connection. It is a “no phone zone” because face-to-face time is always better than screen time. It is a place to talk about the best and most challenging parts of our days, and for the youngest ones try their best to tell engaging stories and funny jokes—with mixed results.

This life-giving habit can extend beyond the family circle to include friends and neighbors. Last week I invited some friends over for a potluck dinner. My guests arrived at 6 p.m. and we ate and talked and laughed and shared the current news from our lives until after 10 p.m. The time went by in a flash and we all left the table feeling refreshed and encouraged.

With growth group season coming up, consider adding the important habit of human connection to your life. Sign up to host a group, or simply join one. Either way, you’ll enjoy the benefits of friendship, support and spiritual growth.

React: Are you making time for the important habit of human connection? If not, what needs to change so that can become a regular part of your life?

Pray: Jesus, thank you for reaching out to connect with us. Help us to open our hearts and make time to connect with you and with those around us.