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7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.

9 Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God. Exodus 18:7-12

Moses, who was over 80-years-old at this time, sat down with his older father-in-law for a chat. Jethro wanted to hear first hand what the Lord had been doing for the nation of Israel. He probably knew a great deal about it from his daughter but getting it straight from the man who spoke to the Lord God Himself would be a thrill.

More and more we’re losing that special one-to-one and face-to-face connection with people. It’s much easier to send an email, text, direct message, phone call, or some other impersonal medium. It’s why foreign leaders travel thousands of miles to meet face-to-face because there’s nothing that compares to a one on one encounter. In fact, it’s why we travel great distances to see family and friends even though that person is only a phone call away.

When you have the opportunity, lose the phone and email, and go visit that person you’ve been meaning to talk with. You’ll be glad you did.

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