Be an Uber Friend
Back in the day, people relied on each other. Friends didn’t just tag you on Instagram or send a tear-drop emoji to show how much they cared. They were there for you… up-close, in person. We learned it at church and practiced it in life.
When I was growing up my mom made meals for sick friends and took care of their kids if they needed a hand. That carried over to my life as a young mom and has been a way of life I’ve passed on to my grown kids.
If a neighbor needs a ride to the airport, I’ll be their Uber driver. They don’t have to pay me or even thank me. I’m blessed by knowing that I made things a little easier.
We’ve become accustomed to our independence. “I don’t need help…I don’t need anyone.” That attitude doesn’t line up with God’s design for His people. It’s based in pride and fosters isolation.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
True contentment requires relationship, love, kindness, serving and being served. Going it alone is, well, lonely.
Technology has made it so easy to DIY.
- Who needs a friend to bring dinner when lots of restaurants deliver and now Amazon is a part of that game.
- Visits and hugs have been replaced with texts and ecards.
- Encouraging words come from memes and gifs.
- Babysitters and elder care can be found on many websites…for a price.
- Why bring fresh flowers from your garden when you can have an elegant arrangement sent with a click on your phone?
- No need to share your heart and bare your soul to someone who knows you, see a therapist. They are paid to listen.
All the things that used to define acts of friendship can be yours without any true connection. There’s an app for that.
I’m dealing with a serious illness and feel so blessed that my friends get it. I have a bunch of people in my life that keep showing up to meet needs and let me see the love in their eyes and feel the warmth of their embrace.
If you’re relying on the App Friend model to have your needs met, consider reaching out to be an Uber friend to someone else. It starts with you and while it might be cliché, we truly reap what we sow.
More friendship always means more of a Contentment Connection.