Portable Friendship

If you’re like me, you’re often wondering where you’ll find the time to keep current relationships current, and new relationships growing. When you’re “commission-minded” (Matthew 28:19), this poses a real concern.

We want to create new friendships and deepen the relationships we have, but are just too busy.

Well, here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way. Maybe they’ll help you, too.

  1. Schedule “friend” time each week. It’s easier to make time for people when you plan for it. Otherwise, your time will quickly escape, and so will your opportunities.
  2. Use your cell-phone. With safety in mind, consider using the time you spend driving to touch base with people. It doesn’t have to be a long, in-depth coversation, but simply a contact to let them know you’re thinking about them.
  3. Meet during you lunch hour. This is usually time during your day that is mostly unused. Call a friend and ask them to meet you at a local fast-food restaurant. The 30 minutes or so that you can spend will really go a long way to strengthening bonds.
  4. Invite a friend to your hobby. If there is something you do on a regular basis, like going to the gym, library, museum, park, etc. invite a friend to go along with you. Often, we spend time alone doing things that could be spent with other people. Look for opportunities in your week to invite a friend along to share.

Most of all, I think it’s important to ask God to show you opportunities in your routine that could be used to strengthen relationships.

Maybe, just maybe, portable friendship is your answer?

Author: Jay Jones

Jay is an author, veteran church planter, speaker, and the pastor of the Pentecostals of Kentwood. He's a passionate worshipper of Jesus Christ, a husband, daddy, pastor, and a ‘pretty good guy’. Jay is also an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church, where he currently serves as a Presbyter in West Michigan.

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