We cannot be an encouragement if we live our lives in secret caves, pushing people away from us. (Chuck Swindoll, author)

Swindoll continues, “People out of touch don’t encourage others. Encouragement is a face-to-face thing.” In an era of Facebook, smart phones, texting, and email, it’s all too common to try to communicate through these modern conveniences. Even Skype can be somewhat impersonal, in spite of the images on the screen. Nothing beats person-to-person as a means of encouragement.

I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete. (2 John 12)