After all, who has time for people when you have to write for God? Or establish churches across the Roman empire. Or work to support yourself and others on top of all that. Plus, people disappoint. they act immaturely (Corinthians), they desert you (Mark), and even cause great harm (Demas).
Yet with all this, Paul not only developed relationships with those he met, he calls both Timothy and Titus “my true son.” Epenetus, Ampliatus, and Stachys are his “dear friends.” Rufus’ mom is a “mother to him.” Paul shows a deep care, concern, and affection for many in his writings and in his “chance” interactions with them (think Philippian jailer).
It’s not simply a business relationship or even a mutually beneficial partnership to a common goal, Paul allows them into his heart. Possibly the most driven, type A, goal oriented man who ever lived allows others to touch him, to express love, kindness, and tenderness toward them. I want to do the same.
How would our homes, work places, communities, the church, and the world be changed if this were true of all of us? What do you think?