Absence = Fondness

“Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.” Proverbs 25:10

I’m sure that you’ve heard the old adage, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” It’s certainly true, because, as Proverbs 25:10 clearly states, too much of anyone can definitely work the other way!
Honestly, company is great. God made us social beings. It’s part of our ontological makeup to run in packs. For example, it’s cool to have people at your house to eat and drink together or meet friends at restaurants and so on, but then there’s the need for private space and time. Actually, there comes a time when you need to eat your own food, play your own Wii, and watch your own TV. I don’t know how else to say it . . . love you, go home!
Well, as funny as it might be, we do need to guard some space and time for ourselves. That’s healthy. Too much of anything is a bad thing, and that includes company. So protect your privacy: “ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent” (Psalm 4:4). And in the end, absence will make your heart grow fonder.


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