Keeping in touch with friends long-distance can be quite difficult, but it is a practice that is often rewarded with stronger friendships, opportunities for travel and fun together, and more.
I have moved twice in the past six years, and in each place I’ve called my home, I have made many wonderful God fearing friends. I’ve always made an effort to keep in touch. Sometimes we have drifted apart, usually because of busy schedules and different interests, but other relationships have grown stronger, because both my friends and I have made a conscious effort to keep talking. In this current age of technology, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch. Social media, emails, texting, and the like, help to make the distance between friends seem smaller, but it still requires effort and commitment.
In the New Testament of the Bible, many of the books are letters between two parties, who are often good friends, giving advice, encouragement, and teaching. In most cases, they are very far away from each other, especially considering that their main forms of transportation were their own two feet or horses. Many times the recipients of the letter have been addressed as “brothers and sisters”.
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Romans 15:30
When you and your friends live far away from each other, it’s hard to be there physically, but technology has made it possible for FaceTime or Skype conversations, which gives a little bit of the physical closeness that distance prevents. Another consolation, is that you know that you’re in each other’s prayers, being thought of, and cared for, even without actually seeing each other in person.
Keeping in touch with someone who lives far away is worth the effort it takes, for they are our sisters and brothers in Christ, and can offer encouragement, advice, fun, prayers, and companionship. Don’t ever underestimate the value and necessity of Christian fellowship, and remember that He placed those people in your life for a purpose.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S. Lewis
Contributor: Maddie B., 14 years old.