Thursday, February 18, 2010

Let's Grow Old Together

Right now, it seems like a lot of my Facebook friends are taking a "fast" from Facebook. However, I have found Facebook to be a way to keep in contact with a great extended family and support system. Granted, it's not as good as seeing people face to face, but I am grateful to have all of them to encourage and support me through my daily trials and celebrations. Glad we are growing old together ... check out this great blog post from Brian Jones:

Brian Jones - The Official Website Blog Grow Old Together

As I have thought more about this blog post and how it affects my online friendships, I feel a huge sense of guilt over a couple of friends I let fall through the cracks. Granted, with 549 friends, I can't keep up with everyone.

For some of them, I'm merely a window-peeper - checking in every once in a while or "liking" a status update or photo. But for others, I'm more of a commenter or a supporter. If I see things seem "off" in their pages or if they've dropped off the face of the virtual earth, I have a responsibility to follow up with them. I'm thinking specifically of two friends who - seemingly abruptly - left their husbands and families for other men. If I had been a little more proactive ("hey, what's up? I don't see you on here anymore"...), could it have helped?

There are varying levels of "friendship" on Facebook, I know. But if I have begun a relationships - or extended a real relationship into the virtual world - I have a responsibility to that friend. To you. And I'm not going to take that lightly anymore.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Why My Wife Can't Cook" Audio Essay by Scott Cundiff

Whether you're on the giving or the receiving end of a blessing, you will appreciate these thoughts by Scott Cundiff on WVTF Public Radio. 

Scott and Amy used to live two doors down from us in Raleigh Court in Roanoke. While we didn't get to know them well then, his love and care for his wife speaks volumes to me now, as the one in my household who nourishes the bodies of those I love the most.

"The tools of the kitchen should be regarded with the same sacred honor as those of the altar in any church."
- St. Benedict

Listen here.

I feel like my whole life and schedule have been turned on their end all month. Between school delays and cancellations, snow, sleet, ice, wind, and the stomach flu, I have not been at all disciplined or consistent. I know this is not an excuse:

"The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you're lost for good."
- Proverbs 10:17 (the Message)

"People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray."
- Proverbs 10:17 (NLT)

No more excuses.