I recently reconnected with a childhood friend after more than 20 years. Occasionally I’d hear rumors about where he was but couldn’t reach him. Every once in a while I also looked for him online but couldn’t find him. In time, we drifted apart.
Then the other day I received a notification on Facebook. At first I was hesitant to respond because it was coming from someone I didn’t know. It turned out to be his wife’s account. Recognizing the last name, I replied. He has used her account to reach out to me. After we exchanged numbers he told me how his work didn’t allow for him to have an online presence.
We had a great conversation and I was so encouraged by his life’s story. It was great reconnecting with him and look forward toward keeping in touch. What I learned that day was the importance of friendship and how social media can be both a blessing and a curse. “More face, less book”, is what I tell friends when they ask me if I received their messages or seen their latest post.
What I mean by this is, ” Stop reading about my life and let’s start getting together more often”.
Read and meditate on Proverbs 18:24. What does this verse say to you?
When was the last time you spent quality time with a friend face to face?
Meditate / Make It Real:
What will you commit to today to cultivate an authentic friendship ?
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com