Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Here is a verbatim transcript of the vast majority of my conversations at work these days . . .
Me (speeding down the hall, usually late for something): “Hi, how are you?”
Co-worker (sighing and looking deeply depressed): “Terrible. You?”
Me: “Great! Have a great day!”
Seems like every week I crank the speed up another notch or two and my interactions with people become more and more superficial.
Thankfully, I have the world’s greatest mother-in-law. She has an uncanny knack for reaching out to me and whacking me over the head with godly wisdom exactly when I need it. Here’s a conversation she and I have quite frequently . . .
Her: How do you spell love?
Me: Is that a trick question?
Her: T-i-m-e. Slow down and spend it wisely.
That usually stops me dead in my tracks, at least for a few seconds. When I think about how little time I spend with the people around me in a truly meaningful way, it makes my heart hurt.
Here’s a challenge for all of us this week. People are struggling all around us. Slow down and take the t-i-m-e to truly connect with the people God has put in your life. Listen to them, comfort them, love them.