Once Upon a Time, Way Back When

I recently learned an old friend from years gone by died. Once upon a time, way back when, we were virtually inseparable. Over the years, we lost touch. Our lives travelled different paths as we continued on our individual journey.

This happens a lot the older you get. I know people who have stayed close friends over the course of their life. Not only do they stay connected, but they remain involved in each other’s world. In my life, friendships seem to be much more transient.

Geography and proximity certainly impact the closeness of our friendships. I’ve found distance doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder. Many times, it simply leads people you love and care about in different directions from the path you’re on. Someone moves away, but you try and stay in touch. Friends change churches, yet you commit to staying in each other’s lives. At least, these are the promises you make. You have the best intentions. But, life happens. Before you know it, considerable time passes. It’s been forever since you had a conversation.

I’ve written and published nearly 1,000 posts here on The Devotional Guy™.

Over many years of blogging, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. One day they are visiting your site and commenting on your posts regularly —and then— “POOF!”—they’re gone, lost in the vast anonymity of the blogosphere.

If we aren’t careful our relationship with Jesus can be that way, too.

We stop praying. We quit reading our Bibles, not to mention we are no longer studying and meditating on His word. Our once frequent conversations with Jesus cease. Not all at once, mind you. Gradually. Slowly. Day by day.

Maybe you’re feeling that way right now as you read this post. If so, let me encourage you to start by simply stepping toward God. He’s there. He’s been looking for you.

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:12-14 (NLT)

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May the Lord shower you with His favor. Be strong and courageous.


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  1. bgddyjim says:

    Interestingly, as I read your post it impacted me because I had stopped praying as much as is useful… and had just rectified it a few weeks ago with some much needed changes. It’s been a weird hour journey the last few weeks, brother. But I’m on a better path, praying regularly again, and I like it. I love how this works. Great post.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Jim. I’m glad my post hit the spot and is relatable for you. Yeah—much like our recovery—it is easy to slip if we aren’t intentional. Spiritual disciplines like prayer draw us into a deeper relationship with our higher power one day at a time. Like cycling or bowling, getting better means showing up. Have a blessed Easter, brother.

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  3. You’re right, Rainer. I’ve only been blogging a few years and I’ve seen folks come and go. Some bloggers I thoroughly enjoyed suddenly stopped posting and let their sites sit idle. Note to self: if you ever take a hiatus from blogging let your followers know. I hope you and Sweet T have a blessed Easter. God Bless!

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  4. Thanks David! Happy Easter to you and your family as well.

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  5. Great comparison about reading blogs and our relationship to Jesus…one to ponder upon!

    Andy B

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  6. Thank you, Andy. Happy Easter !

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  7. bgddyjim says:

    And you too, my friend.

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  8. Gary Fultz says:

    There are so many ways and reasons to drift in our relationships. it’s just a good thing God doesn’t.

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  9. All relationships need to be nurtured

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  10. Agreed. Relationships need tending to if they are to grow.

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