Jimmy’s Table PodcastCuriously evangelical. Politically homeless. A dreamer of small things. On this podcast, I am having conversations about the intersection of faith, life, and culture.

Life Is A Contact Sport – Episode #127

Our true wealth isn’t measured by the size of our bank accounts, but by the meaningful network of connections we make in life. In this podcast, I talk about the importance of the relationships we make, and how we can form deeper and richer community.

Quotes On Personal Network

“Life is a contact sport, the more people you make contact with the better.” – Ken Kragen

“Your network is your net worth.” – Rich Cooper

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – John Rohn

“One who walks with wise people will be wise, But a companion of fools will suffer harm” – Proverbs 13:20 (NASB)

Talking Points

  • We are social creatures by design. No man can go at life alone. Our lives are richer and better by being well connected to others. We are called to be a “blessing” to others and “create value” in their lives.
  • This is true whether it comes to life, to love, or business. Sometimes forming genuine relationships with other people is hard. It’s hard because we are always so “busy.”
  • I’ve lived in the greater Charlotte area for the past 30 years of my life. After my recent separation from my wife, this is why I declined to take up my parents offer to move to Richmond to live with them. Although I love my parents, I have 30 years of connections in Charlotte that I didn’t want to just give up. My personal network here is just too valuable.
  • People love to eat and drink. Sit shoulder to shoulder with people. Build a bigger table. Put out an extra chair. It’s easy to build community if you know how to feed that community ribs.
  • Much of the ministry of Jesus wasn’t done from a pulpit, but was done simply by sitting down and “breaking bread” with others. And any time God wanted to change the world, as we see in the Biblical record, He did so by forging community together around a common meal. We see this from the Passover meal during the Jewish exodus out of Egypt, and we see this at the Lord’s Supper.

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