My recent trip to San Antonio started me thinking a lot about what a loner I am. I thoroughly enjoyed going on a vacation by myself. I didn’t have to coordinate with anyone, I could move at my own pace (fast), and I didn’t care that I didn’t have anyone to share the experiences with. I can enjoy an activity as much by myself as with other people, oftentimes more. I also enjoyed the feeling of independence and the challenge of seeing how much I could do without needing help from anyone.
The problem is that I’m not at all sure this is healthy. It’s way too easy for me to get wrapped up in my own little world and be no good to anyone else. I heard myself say one time that friends are over-rated. Frankly, if I hadn’t grown up in a large family, I’m not sure I’d have any close friendships at all. I’m realizing though, that there is a balance needed. It’s not good to be dependent on others for happiness, but it’s also not good to never invest in relationships.
Relationships: That’s what it really comes down to.
What gets us back on track when we start to drift? relationships
What is behind our most treasured memories? relationships
What lets us know when our ideas are crazy? relationships
What encourages us when we’re down? relationships
What is our primary means of sharing the gospel with the lost? relationships
I guess I shouldn’t give up on friends after all.