Other the other hand, technology can limit one’s face-to-face-interactions and in-person friendships because he or she chooses screen time over face time (and I don’t mean the Mac app, I mean talking with someone in person). On Facebook, for example, they may go wide (have a lot of ‘friends’) but not go deep (as in having meaningful relationships with good friends).
- Spiritual community with people at church, or in a small group, Bible study, missions team, serving opportunity or one-on-one.
- Social community through a shared hobby, a singles group, local theatre group or coffee with friends.
- Intellectual community with people from work, a book group or other group with shared interests.
- Physical community in joining a sports team, dance class or getting workout partner for the gym.
- Neighborhood or city community can be built be showing up at your local playground, a neighborhood block party, or mentoring a disadvantaged youth.
- Virtual community is a way to connect with others, but make sure it’s not your only connection with other people.
Lord, I feel so empty and alone. I know I’ve been isolated and need contact with other people, but sometimes it’s hard to change. Will you help me learn how to build bridges to other people? What a comfort it is to know that You are always with me, and that You never leave. In Jesus’ name. Amen.