For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain. 1 Thessalonians 3:3b-5
Paul lived in a world where it took weeks to communicate simple messages and travel even the shortest of distances. There was no radio, television, newspaper, automobile, train, airplane or even electricity. He would have no way to know how the church had been getting along unless he was there himself or sent a messenger to check up on them.
He just wanted to know how they were doing, something we do every day through email, telephone, text, video chats, or in-person visits. Even if the person is across the country, we can be there quite literally in a few hours. And to save time, we have the person on speed dial.
It’s so easy to keep in contact with family and friends and to find out how they’re getting along. We might even think we’re bothering them if we call a couple times each month. If the person is that close to you, you are probably not being a bother. The person welcomes the call.
You probably have two or three people on your “short list” to call but just haven’t managed the time. They want to hear from you one way or another. Why not give them a call or text them? You’ll be glad you did.