(Hi, I’m Marla, and I’m linking up with all kinds of awesome people doing 31 straight days of crazy-cool stuff.)
Most of us are annoyed by name-droppers or people who get things they don’t deserve just because they know someone with clout. I’m not talking about that.
I’m talking about this:
Hey, friend-Gail-I-met-on-the-internet. You live in Kentucky, and my friend Krista lives in Kentucky. You have 3 kids and she has 3 kids. You’re a pastor’s wife and she’s a pastor’s wife. I should totally hook you two up! (And I did. So much fun.)
Or hey, internet-turned-real-life-friend-Krysten-who-loves-India. You should totally meet my friend Delaine who also loves India. You two would have so much to talk about! Oh, you’re going to meet for lunch? Awesome sauce!
And then there’s the friend who thought her baby might be born with Down syndrome (he wasn’t), and I introduced her to another sweet friend who has the most beautiful little boy with DS. Encouraging words exchanged and a new friendship formed.
And the friend who was helping someone flee a violent situation in her hometown, and I knew someone who lived in the exact city/state she where she needed to take refuge. She stayed with my friend and her family until the danger had passed.
And the friend who is waiting on her unfaithful husband to come home, because that’s what God has told her to do. I just had the privilege of introducing her to a friend who waited on her husband for SIX years. He recently came back home, and they’re a family again. A beautiful, happy, give-God-the-glory family.
I LOVE THIS KIND OF STUFF.
I have a mental list going of the stuff that lights my fire. Things that, when I do them, I feel God’s pleasure. Loving the poor. Rescuing the oppressed. Helping women find that sweet spot where their passion and God’s passion meet. Making people feel valuable.
CONNECTING SOMEONE WITH ANOTHER SOMEONE WHO IS JUST WHAT THEY NEED.
Here’s the thing. In my “line of work,” I meet a lot a lot of people. And the tough part about what I do (writing, speaking, traveling, what have you) is that I just can’t be everything that people need/want me to be all the time.
I can connect them to others. And honestly? That brings me more joy than if I helped them myself.
Question for you: Do you have a connection story? Two someones you helped connect (or someone that connected you with someone else)? Or maybe you NEED a connection story. You’re looking for someone who can meet a need you’ve got.
I’d love to hear your story or play matchmaker for you. Let me know how I can help!