This is a topic that has been pretty huge on my heart for the last year. We moved into a new neighborhood last March, and it has been a bit of an adjustment. We live in a fairly small community, so we still see our old neighbors and friends, but it seems it has been much harder to plant seeds in this new community. We go outside, go to the nearby park, and have met a few people, but it seems our whole block is full of recluses that never come outside or want to interact (even though we’ve tried).
We’ve also been through a season of continually inviting others over for dinner or trying to plant seeds for future relationships, yet are finding it incredibly difficult to connect with people. Even those with whom we have relationships, everyone seems over-booked and scheduled to the max. I’m not sure if it’s the season of life we’re in or what. We have busy schedules too, but we want to invest in people and not just activities.
This has also been a matter of much prayer over the last year. I have prayed that God would lead me to those people that He wants me to invest in, yet there has been little that has developed. I have, though, been reconnecting with some acquaintances and friends from former years as a pastor and am eager to plant seeds there as God leads.
Does anyone else find couples (w/ kids especially) so busy that there’s little room for relationship? I also find that being invited to one’s home for dinner is becoming a lost art form - anyone else experiencing that?