Everyone communicates, but few connect.
This is not only the title of John Maxwell’s bestseller, but a readily recognizable reality.
As someone with ADHD tendencies I am constantly challenged in this area. My mind is whirring a thousand miles an hour and it seems like people talk at 5 mph. Somehow I am supposed to focus on their facial features, their tone, their body language and the words coming out of their mouth. This wouldn’t be as difficult if it weren’t for the fact that I am usually biding my time till I get to talk! Sounds comical and for the most part it is. Yet I have found that there are many instances where I need to move beyond the casual conversation and push past my self-centred approach. Friends, neighbours, family and co-workers who are longing for and needing a real connection.
That’s what I see with the many encounters of individuals with Jesus.
Despite his busyness he took time to sit with Nicodemus and help him unpack his confusion. A rich young man sought out his affirmation, but Jesus cut to the core of a troubling issue. A woman caught in adultery was thrown at his feet and he chased away her accusers. Looking past her transgressions he connected with the hurting person on the inside. Jesus was a master at using questions to unlock authentic connection. It’s no wonder that the populace flocked to be near him.
Jesus life is an example well worth emulating. Perhaps this week you could begin your day by praying, “Lord, help me to connect with someone today and to pass along your love and affirmation for their life.” Perhaps end each day by praying, “Lord, did I miss any opportunities today?” It’s time to phase out of our COVID isolation. As we re-engage let us do so with intentionality. Let us open up our homes and our lives for true connection.