Look at that picture. It’s funny, and for me, it’s almost entirely true. I like having maybe one close friend/girlfriend and then one other friend besides that. It makes my life simple. As a rule, I am an introvert and not that adept at understanding my own feelings and navigating relationships.
But that can’t be who I am in Christ. I realized something: God made life. And life is about people.
It’s not about spending all your time alone, just making money or hiking in the mountains. It’s about people. To have it be otherwise is selfish. In fact, Jesus Himself said that the most important commandment is,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
“Because the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” – 1 John 4:20
Now this doesn’t mean that I personally need to have 50 friends, but it does mean that I need to come across as loving to everyone. I need to be that person that loves them so much that they say, “Wow, he’s like family.”
The worst thing in the world is a bad relationship. With Christ in us, we can be the solution that so many people are seeking; the hole in their lives that needs to be filled.