Dropping in on a Friend

When was the last time you had friends drop in unexpectedly for a visit? For many of us it's been entirely too long.

There was a time when families made a regular habit of packing into the car and driving over to a friend's home for an afternoon of good conversation and a piece of banana cream pie. It was one of life's special little pleasures.

I'll never forget the many times as a boy I would hear a knock on the door and scurry to see who was there. The screen would crack open a few inches, and a familiar voice would echo through the halls.

"Is anybody home?"

Mom would rush to put on a pot of coffee and for the rest of the afternoon we'd sit and talk -- about nothing and about everything. Finally, it came time for our friends to leave, and we'd hug them good-bye, encouraging them to drop in again sometime. Sadly, that kind of intimacy is difficult to achieve in today's fast-paced world.

The pressures and busyness of life have all but destroyed the sense of community that was once common among families and friends. We seldom -- if ever -- drop in on friends unannounced. And even if we did, they'd probably have to cancel a string of appointments in order to be with us. Thus we go about our days, careening through life, wondering why we don't have very many close friendships.

Let me encourage you to take some time out of each week to get together with friends. Reach out to the people in your neighborhood. I can't think of a better way to spend an evening.

With Focus on the Family, I'm Dr. James Dobson.

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