Verse: “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”
Insight: Why is it more meaningful to connect face-to-face, rather than thru the "paper and ink" of Facebook, or FaceTime, or Instagram, or Twitter, or emails, or texts? Well, the Scripture tells us, “...so that our JOY may be complete.” Communication is important, but community brings JOY! When we engage face-to-face, our presence is the present, and we get see expressions, hear the tone of the voice, experience the touch, and help people to not feel so lonely in this over-connected world.
Prayer: Father, please help me to place “people over programs” (or over paper and pen and iPad!) by valuing the personal touch, because I know that you didn’t just send a message, but You sent Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to meet with us personally, face-to-face. Thank you, Lord