When I stop panicking about digital thefts of my well-being, I remember again that there is one reliable way to combat the moths, rust and thieves that may plague my digitized lifestyle: Among my “heavenly treasures” are our family’s personal relationships!
A few days ago, I had reason to worry about possible identity theft involving bank accounts. My frantic mind could not recall the gateway password that was essential to using online banking services. What finally resolved the problem? A simple phone call to our bank. Because these folks have known Chris and me for years, they gave me the password. Problem solved.
Our personal relationships—most of them face-to-face, and many of them with a long history—are a blessing we can trust. In times of real or imagined crisis, we can rely on the sturdy good will of people around us. A treasure indeed!
We’ve lived in this community for decades, so many of those personal relationships are deep and wide. (Our beloved congregation is a prime example.) As members, customers or neighbors, we have come to know one another well. We can trust the knowledge, the values, the character of these people. We can depend on them like they can count on us.
How to strengthen this part of our lives in our older years? Staying in touch. Continuing to learn about each other. Remaining loyal and helpful. Always expressing thanks for services that enterprises and individuals provide. Praying for them and their work. Being open and honest in conversations and transactions. Advocating for each other. Introducing newcomers to our friends, neighbors and service-providers. Inviting people into our congregation’s fellowship.
These relationships are God-given blessings, assurance that we can prevent mold, rust and thieves from stealing our well-being. God continues to protect us through others!
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