The Gift of Face Time
Things fill our homes. Relationships fill our hearts.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
– 1 Peter 4:8 ESV
If you have ever walked through an estate sale, you have seen the stack of material things left from someone’s life. The dishes, furniture, clothing, linens, CDs and décor are just a remnant of a lifetime. What you don’t usually see are the family photos and memories of the relationships built within the walls of the home.
As you walk through the rooms, there is a feeling of emptiness as you meander among things minus the personality of the life that once lived there. You get a glimpse of who the person was by the colors represented of the stacked dishes or the wall paintings. You can only imagine them sitting at the now-for-sale table chatting over a cup of coffee in the morning.
Material things are nice, but the gift of time spent with a loved one is irreplaceable.
Usually, when you visit someone’s home, they are there, welcoming you, offering a smile, a chair, something to eat. You spend the time sitting and chatting, sharing a meal, enjoying a game or a puzzle together, or accomplishing a task that builds your relationship. Without people to share them with, material things come up short in meaningful living.
What relationships have you invested in lately? Is there a family member you need to take some time to visit? Or someone you’d look back on one day and wish you had spent more time with?
Today’s One Thing
Make plans to visit a loved one, even if it’s just to check in. Use your favorite app to chat face-to-face if they are far away.