Friday, November 27, 2020

Human Touch-Points

Human Touch-points.

What are they?

They are things like a handshake.  A hug. A touch on the shoulder. Time spent across the table talking, listening, and sharing with someone else. 

A smile.

All of these touchpoints have been robbed from us in the year 2020.

It’s no wonder why I hear the words “mental health” being discussed so prominently in the news, in nonprofit circles, in webinars, and zooms. And in homes.

Because people realize something is missing.

It’s those touch-points. Those very touch-points we need to flourish.

I grew up in school hearing how they ran an experiment with babies and found that the ones who weren’t held and loved on, didn’t grow as quickly. In fact, some didn’t grow at all. And some, even lost weight.



We NEED each other.  Literally.

Sure. We can keep on living. But mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? We NEED one another. We need to be touched. Held. Listened to. Smiled at.

We are not to be afraid.

Wise? Yes. Using common-sense? Yes. 

But we are not to be afraid. Not to stop living.

And most importantly - not to stop loving.

Everyone needs to be touched today. In one way or another. For we are starving for it. 

We are aching for that connection point that connects us to each other, and reminds us we are noticed. 

We are cared for. 

We are loved.

So, go out there. And LOVE. Love well. And love often.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Don't You Miss God?

It’s easy to get into a routine. Life has been so different this year.  

We have been home more. Watching Netflix more. Out in our yards more and taking walks. We’ve gone further when we can, to lakes, rivers, beaches, and state parks.

We’ve ordered take-out more, and played loads of family games.

For most of us, we haven’t had to drive to work, meetings, and at times - even the grocery store.

Most churches have gone online - but have we even watched them?

Have we read the Bible? 

Our devotions?

When was the last time we prayed?

It’s so easy to just push God out of the equation. 

Things aren’t as fun, so we we neglect them all together.

But the thing is - this year? This year has pushed a lot of us to our emotional limits. Stress, depression, and anxiety have found their way into our homes. Into our minds.

We don’t sleep as well.

We’re bored because we can’t travel or get out. 

And I’m just wondering.

Don’t you miss God?

Do you miss hearing from Him?

Do you miss seeing signs of Him?

Do you miss praising Him? Or singing about Him?

Do you miss that feeling of knowing He personally came down to deliver a promise or message to some personal detail of your life?

Do you miss the peace of mind that you know comes only because you handed something over to Him in prayer?

Do you miss the adrenaline or excitement from knowing that He was working in a conversation or relationship you were having with someone else?

Life CAN pause. But God never pauses.

Life CAN change. But God doesn’t change.

God is there. Even in all of this. ESPECIALLY in all of this.

And I’m guessing He misses some of us. A Lot.

Do you miss Him?