I've been on Facebook since the beginning. I have as of this time, 1,595 friends. Do I know all these people? Nope. Facebook has evolved over the years from being a social platform to being a social/commerce platform. That's fine with me. Everyone once in a while I want to sell something too.
But when I reviewed the names on my list, I was a bit overwhelmed. I wasn't prepared for it.
There were names on there that, to be honest, don't like me. With some, I have no clue what I did. Others I do. Some situations were my fault. Others, not so much. Seeing their names again brought back some painful memories.
I saw names of people whose lives have been shattered. Some recovered, others didn't.
Some names brought me joy. Their friendship is beyond facebook. They add value to my life as I hope mine does to theirs.
1,595 names. The one thing that I did notice though was, who wasn't on my facebook. There were names that I was looking for - they are gone. Maybe they quit facebook. Maybe I said something one day that prompted them to unfriend me. I don't know.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
There are facebook friendships. Then some friendships have meaning and value. While I do not think that I could manage 1,595 meaningful friendship, I do want to care for the ones I do have.
What about you? What do your friends mean to you? How do you add value to their lives? What do you do to encourage them, help them and support them?
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to be a good friend today. AMEN