I believe our world is in such a huge state of disconnect right now. It’s so dang easy to be personally independent from one another. We’re not, obviously, talking about being connected to the internet or to social media.
That stuff is easy to be connected to.
This year our goal is to connect in deliberate and meaningful ways.
To connect more and better with each other. Oh we love each other, this is true. But can we work on our family connections? Always. (we’re starting with a little jar in our kitchen where we can collect ideas that we want to do as a family…need to branch out from playing cards every single week for Family Home Evening. Ha!)
Connect with friends, those who we need, and those who need us (and sometimes those are one and the same).
Connect with our inner spirits as we strive to work on our New Years resolutions and the new Come, Follow Me program in the church (LOVE this form of connection that reaches it’s tentacles into so much of life).
Connect with the earth. Deep appreciation with it and the beauty and shelter and life it gives.
Connect with our cousin missionaries out serving in the world.
Connect with our neighbors we don’t know very well yet, and even a stranger who may need a smile between classes or at the grocery store.
Connect with the world, news, current events, etc. (I have some specific ideas for this I’ll have to explain soon.)
The list goes on and on, but mostly, if we want to really simplify, our goal is really to connect with God. Because when we connect with God, we connect with all these other things too. They’re all interrelated so beautifully.
We just need to look up. Look out. Be aware.
This all takes work. Of course. Like everything in life. But already over the first month of the year, I feel a gentle pull to connect. To put away what’s not so important to and reach out to what is.