At the conclusion of one of these breaths of fresh air, one sister in Christ read the following words to me. It was a huge affirmation to the longing I've had for myself and for others ...
"My first priority is face-to-face conversation. If I can be physically in front of someone, I give that person my full attention - ignoring competing distractions of phone calls or anything else that might hinder my focus.
But, if a face-to-face conversation is not possible, I defer to voice-to-voice - normally by way of the phone. But even with that, I have rules. When I'm having a phone conversation, I don't look at my computer screen or engage with anything in front of me, except the person I'm talking to at that very moment. I want to be fully present.
But, finally, if neither one of those options exist, my last resort is screen-to-screen. Using e-mail or sending a text is my last preference - but even then I keep it short and sweet but force myself to be fully present in the written communication I send."
- Gabe Lyons in The Next Christians:The Good News About the End of Christian America
Thank you, my three dear friends, for the refreshing gift of your presence in my life.
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