Thursday, July 15, 2010

Boundless Summer Challenge - Task 5

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love...
~ Romans 12:10 ~

This was Wednesday's assignment:

  1. Visit or call your closest friend. (No texting, Facebooking, tweeting, or IMing.) Ask them how YOU can be a better friend to THEM. 
  2. Ask if there are any areas you can improve, or ways that you can be there for them in a better way. Don't let them get off the hook by saying that you're doing just fine.
  3. Spend some quality time asking questions about their life, focusing the conversation on them instead of yourself.
  4. Write a comment [on the Boundless Line post] letting us know how it went.

What a good assignment!  Oddly enough (or was it more than chance?) this was another case of the task fitting right in with what I needed to do anyways!  My dear friend Catie, who I've known since I was 7 and she was 3, has been on my mind a lot lately.  Lots of changes going on in her family, what with lots of traveling, and her older brother marrying one of her dear friends... I've tried calling and emailing her these last few days, and she left a message on my phone and sent a reply email... and tonight I finally called and got to hear her cheery voice for real!

We talked about various stuff going on in our lives, books we're reading, struggles we're having...  I asked how I could pray for her specifically, something she started a while back but which I thought to bring up this time.  And I finally asked what I could do to be a better friend.  She thought about it, and finally said, "Keep in touch more!"

Duly noted.  Not complex at all.  But vitally important.

The single biggest problem in communication 
is the illusion that it has taken place. 
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Kind words can be short and easy to speak
but their echoes are truly endless.  
~ Mother Teresa~


  1. I am really enjoying reading about these challenges. They seem to be focusing on relationships, which are vital as a christian. I need to be more intentional in my relationships with my christian brothers and sisters! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Glad they're interesting, Chelsa! Yep, this week is all about relationships - you caught the theme! The following weeks will focus on other aspects of the Christian life - but the Tasks themselves are all pretty secret until the "day of" - rather exciting! :-)