Page 132-133 describe not only the different spheres of relationship around our lives, but also demonstrate how acquaintances can grow into intimate friendships. This is more an organic process than a contrived one, but it does remind me to think about where and how I am planting seeds today for getting to know people today that may grow into friendships tomorrow. I’d estimate that for every 100 people Sara and I invest time in, about 20% of those actually go on to become friendships. The reasons for that are varied. It may be lack of time and proximity, it may be there just isn’t any chemistry there that allows a friendship to grow, or it may be that God only intended the connection to be for a moment. But that means for 80% of the people we initiate some contact with, nothing enduring results. That’s why we continue to open the door for connection and trust God for those friendships that grow more enduring.
We are always looking for those God might want us to spend time with and regularly we are inviting people into our lives by inviting them over our out for a meal. We also look for activities we might share in together that allows friendship to grow.
How are you currently planting seeds of relationship with others?