“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” -Psalms 133:1
Your greatest human need is to bond with others. Very often I’ll say the greatest human need is dignity. Which is true, because if we don’t walk in dignity, we very often find ourselves wrapped up in a lie. Then we begin to withdraw and are unable to connect deeply with others. If you don’t have dignity, you can’t connect. This is not only Christianity, this is psychology. It has actually been proved that your greatest need is to find some sense of deep connectivity. Not just in your romantic relationships — but in your friendships, your kids, your parents, even some of your colleagues at work, you need to feel connected. Many of us, we are exhausted every day because we think it’s our job. However, this lack of energy is coming from a place where we’re not bonding deeply with other people. The most joyful, courageous Jesus-like people are the ones who are able to connect deeply with God, and in turn, able to connect deeply with other people and have embraced their imperfections. They might not love where they are, but they’re okay with where they are and they’re trusting those things to God and just being honest and real. Learn to reach out and show your true self to your friends and your family, and trust that you really are wanted by them. You are. People want the real you and God wants the real you.
PRAYER: Thank you, God, for giving me the dignity I need to connect deeply with my family, friends, and community. Thank you for the people you put in my life.
REFLECTION: Who do you connect deeply with in your life?