I enjoy meeting people. I love to hear their stories and spend time with them, generally doing whatever activity drew us together. But close friends? I have few.
And like it that way.
Picture the end of the world. The apocalypse. And picture yourself surviving said apocalypse. Now, you are tasked with pushing onward. With persevering into the uncertain future to give humanity a hope of survival. You definitely couldn’t do this alone, you would need to form a camp. A group. A posse fit for survival. A band who isn’t afraid of the grit and is ready to embrace the simple reality of life, death, and the bonds of relationship that bridge the two.
Now, picture your current social network, (both real life and imagina-oops, I mean virtual) and put every single one of those individuals into the above situation I have described. Picture them in that post-apocalyptic environment. Without cell service. Without Walmarts, Safeways and the internet. Picture them without a bed, private space or time to get ready in the morning. When all of the conveniences are stripped away, what remains of that person?
Is their identity wrapped up in the fleeting and the trivial? Or is their identity solidly within the convictions they strive to maintain everyday?
What kind of people are they when the only thing to do is be people?
I’m not saying don’t bother with anyone who doesn’t know some sort of survival skill or isn’t completely loyal to you. But I do think we can look at what we spend our time doing and who we spend our time with. And really discern, after peeling away all of the layers, who is important to you and why. Because even though the apocalypse might not happen soon, a time will come when you do need to call out for help, when you need to steady yourself.
When you need to rely.
I challenge you to forge relationships that will endure anything, and will be ready to answer any need no matter the challenges together you may face. I challenge you to know who’d make your camp, and know with confidence.
But all of this begs the question:
Who’s camp would you make?