How to Stay Connected When Nothing Is Normal

2. Close Friends

3. Distant Friends

      • This can be people you’re not as close to or people who live in other states. Use this time to play catch up on life!

4. Your Church

5. Your Small Group

      • If you don’t have a small group, get connected with one through your local church. We were never meant to do life alone, and now, more than ever, having a community is crucial.

6. People with Shared interests (hobbies, etc)

      • This is one that I want to hang up on for a minute. Whether you know it or not, there is a group of people somewhere out there with the same hobbies as you, and there very likely is some sort of digital community bringing these people together. 
      • For me, I absolutely LOVE hunting and fishing. Through platforms like Instagram, I’m able to be in constant communication with other people in the hunting/fishing community.
      • God might just have you in this season to impact somebody that has a similar interest as you that you may have never reached out to in your normal rhythms.

7. Neighbors

8. Co-Workers

Don’t let this season pass without some intentional investment. If you’re waiting on that friend to call, let’s assume that they may never call and let’s be the one who picks up the phone to make the dial. You never know what sort of impact you’ll have on someone simply through a little bit of intentionality.

A New Normal

Let’s face it, we’re living in a new normal. We’re prayerful that it’s only for a short season. However, let’s be intentional with our time. Let’s write down some work goals and some personal goals. Let’s invest our free time into something that will make a kingdom impact. Let’s connect with old friends, invest in new friends, and care for one another well. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Let’s not depend on everyone else being the one who should be reaching out to us, but let’s intentionally reach out to others.

Let’s make this new normal something that we actually look back on in 10 years and miss. A time where we built such strong friendships. A time where families were forced to sit in separate houses and talk with one another on the phone instead of sitting in the same room talking to everyone else on their phone.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

So while this season is less than ideal, let’s trust that we serve a God who is so much bigger than any temporary barrier of the world.

Neil Lamm
Neil Lamm
Neil Lamm is an Associate Pastor in central Virginia, where he oversees Small Groups and Missions. An avid outdoorsman, you can usually find Neil hunting in the woods, fishing in a river, or hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife and their bird dog, Bailey.

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