the worst thing was to realize the superficial level of our relationship. the things we would talk about would be task-oriented and event-based. let’s do this. let’s do that. how was this? how was that? but we forgot how to understand each other. or maybe we never knew how to open up to each other. intimacy is getting inside each other’s mind. true intimacy is intentional in one way or another. to seek to know and understand someone’s thoughts and feelings. to have conversations about the meaningful things in life, not just about what to do, where to go and what to eat. what are the questions we should know the answers to about those we consider “close” to us? if you think it ends at their shoe size or their favorite TV show, you’re shallow and short-sighted. don’t fool yourself with intimacy based on a duration of time being around one another. base it on connection. mentally, spiritually, intellectually, morally, philosophically…something that transcends the superficial level of basic human interaction.
humility in conviction. strength in connections.
profound thoughts are dangerous to the simple minded and short-sighted.
As Christians, we have to be careful with what we allow ourselves to see, perceive and internalize (Psalm 101:3, Proverbs 4:23). On tumblr, we are constantly barraged by many interesting ideas, motivational quotes and positive concepts. While not all of these ideas, quotes and concepts are “bad”, and some of them even seem good or “Godly”, most of them are unbiblical or actually go against scripture. However, we must learn to be discerning and to test all things to scripture so that we do not deceive ourselves with ungodly counsel or unwholesome talk (1 Thessalonians 5:21). I think that what advice we seek, retain and submit to ultimately is dictated by where we seek respectable wisdom and find counsel.
Do we respect the ideas of man, but disregard the wisdom of God’s word? Do we hold the ideas and values of secular views above that of God’s? I believe that in all things, we should ask for and seek biblical wisdom and godly discernment (James 1:5). And this is why Christian fellowship and community is so important (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)!