Anyone who lives in a city, endures a long commute or works in a fast paced environment understands the cramp time places on relationships. I have allowed this barrier to prevent me from developing deep and meaningful relationships. Distracted by where I need to go and what I need to do next often leaves me feeling distant from those that I care about. Unfortunately, as someone who always seems to be in a hurry, impatience has become the enemy of depth.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, 1 Corinthians 13:4.
The opposite of depth is those who suffer from relationship fatigue. This state occurs when associates, co-workers or friends become too intense, like a leech that sticks to you and won’t let go. When imperfections, quirks and social warts of individuals wear on your soul, any desire for intimacy fades away. Thus, any close ties that you might have developed in the past soon dissipate as well.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, 1 Corinthians 13:5.
Sadly, other relationships that you may have hoped to nourish over time never amount to anything due to fear. Possibly thinking about prior failed friendships, there is a tendency to avoid becoming too close to someone, afraid the bond that you share will be broken. In the passages above, the apostle Paul attempts to illustrate what love looks like. When people begin to forgive and forget, your slate of past wrongs is wiped clean. Yet, until you emulate the character traits of love, depth will continue to be an enemy.
by Jay Mankus