I painted all of these to be sort of fun and cheeky. But really they all carry supremely important, serious messages.
Are you good at spending time with friends, with loved ones? Because your loved ones SHOULD be your friends. Are you good at not just spending time with them, but giggling with them, not just talking but sharing with them? Because that is what matters. Not stuff, not work, not accolades, but the relationships we make and build to last. Not spending money, but spending time, that most precious of commodities.
I have been so blessed to build relationships with so many people. So many who I can recount times that we laughed and cried and were there for each other in all times. Times when they lifted me, and times when I lifted them, and times when we walked hand in hand. They didn’t want gifts I purchased, they wanted the gift of me, and I of them.
We are in an age when we have so many choices to connect with people. We can be surrounded by the warmth of these relationships. If they are next door, we can reach out and touch them. Or we can use technology.
I have been so blessed by Facebook. I have family all over the country. I have friends all over the world. And Facebook lets me spend time with them and helps me build relationships that last. I know that my friend in Australia is celebrating her daughter’s birthday with her first sleepover. I know that my friend in Michigan watched The Nativity with her kids last night. I know that my cousin/friend in Texas had a very special prayer and life change with her daughter last night. I know my nephew broke his arm. I know another friend completed two Ironwoman races last month. Facebook allows me to connect, to encourage, to spend time.
My blog is another way that I am spending time with special friends. Each of you is touching me, touching my heart.
My cousin lost her husband the other night. A man in his fifties, he had a heart attack in his sleep and walked toward Jesus. But he left behind a a family who is mourning the loss of his time, his laugh, his strength.
It reminds me that much more of how precious these relationships are. Forget the holiday shopping, spend time giggling with your special friends today. Whether they are the family in your home, family and friends down the street, or family and friends around the globe. Reach out with your time. Reach out with laughter. Reach out with love and caring.