Healthy Connections Day 6: The Value of Healthy Connections
Honestly, it sounds a bit arrogant when people say, “I don’t need other people. I don’t trust anyone, so I’m fine being on my own in life.” Maybe people are trying to convince themselves it’s true, but I firmly believe it isn’t true. We only need to examine the life of Jesus to see that, as relatively new Christian artist Cain sings, “The strong need the weak, the weak need the strong” in their song “People Need People.” If anyone could have gone through life without the need of other people, it would have been Jesus Christ.
But He had strong connections. He had connections with His family. One of the last things Jesus said before entering the dark hours at the cross was to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son” (John 19:26, ESV). He valued that connection and wanted to take care of her needs despite all He was going through. He had strong connections with His friends. To His disciples, on the very night He would be betrayed into the hands of the Jews, He said, “Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13, ESV). His connection was strong enough that it led to His laying down His very life for them. His connection with believers is very clear; after all, He sent His Spirit to dwell within us! And His connection with God is impossible to sever—“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30, ESV).
Again, if anyone who ever walked this earth could have handled living life alone, it would have been Jesus. But instead, He sought out connections. He valued these connections, loved spending time with people, and spent His years of public service serving them. We need people; we need each other. Having the right people in our lives is immensely valuable. It can often make the difference between a life devoted to fulfilling God’s purpose or a life spent fulfilling our own purpose. Let’s focus more on protecting, nurturing, and strengthening all of these connections—our families, our friends, our spouses, believers, and our Lord. We need them—all of them.