Updated: Dec 24, 2020
I graduated from Cornell University in 2003. I'm lucky to be part of the generation that embraced social media because I can stay connected to friends that I had many great memories with.
What's amazing is that now we're older, wiser, and thriving (hopefully) in our careers. Things would be different now if we connected on a professional level.
The reality is that relationships die through neglect. If someone isn't living or working with us, communication isn't happening so the connections break. LinkedIn gives us the opportunity to restore once-thriving relationships through a relatively easy communication platform.
God designed us to communicate with each other. God himself is a communicator, talking to us through the Bible, Jesus, and other Christians in our lives. This communication is what builds our relationship with God. This example God gives us is to show us that restoring a relationship starts with restoring communication.
The Bible says
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."(Hebrews 4:12)
You can use LinkedIn to restore business relationships you haven't done business with in years. Look up some old clients and talk over situations, discuss industry thoughts, and open up a dialogue about anything. This is part of the business relationship dynamic.
We shouldn't expect others to reach out to us; we have to be the ones to do it first because God has CALLED us to do it. Loving others is part of our greatest commandment.
We Godpreneurs have to be the ones to bring relationships with past clients into right standing again, and LinkedIn is a great place to start!
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