SOCIALLY (“and man”)

We need proper exercise socially. How? Meet new people. Make new friends. Share a meal with someone different. Cultivate existing relationships. Encourage close friends. Offer practical assistance. Be a listening ear. Keep in touch with family. Reach out to someone who is lonely. Do random acts of kindness. Plan a trip with several good friends. Pray for others by name.

We need proper rest socially. How? Learn to take breaks. Set aside time just for you. Jettison any compulsive need to be with others all the time. Learn to appreciate time to be by yourself. Write in your journal. Listen to a favorite mix of music. Learn how to enjoy meditating on God’s Word. Take extended time to worship and pray privately. Enjoy the great outdoors for an hour.

We need proper nourishment socially. How? Don’t see all your friends the same. Discern who your good friends are. Identity your closest friends. Cultivate deep friendships. Invite trusted friends to speak into our lives with truth and grace. In turn, actively encourage your best friend to become the man God wants him to be.

david sanfordDavid Sanford serves on the leadership team at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. Among his many publishing credits, David is executive editor of Holy Bible: Mosaic, general editor of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family, managing editor of the IVP Resonate series, co-author of How to Read Your Bible, and author of If God Disappears: 9 Faith Wreckers and What to Do About Them.

**This Article First Published 4/4/2013