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by Trish West

As I attempt to match socks from the dryer- I grumble at the lack of pairs. Where did they all go? Does the dryer eat them? I know that when I bought them, wore them and put them into the wash… there were 2. So why is it when I take them out of the dryer… 1 is always missing? I can't explain the growing pile that sits in my room, a full basket of odd socks. Every now and then, I’ll send the kids down to the living room, put a movie on and challenge them to find the most pairs….sometimes we have success …and the rest - well… go right back into the basket. Every now and then, I'll give in and throw the odd socks out — cringing because I know the other one will show up within the week. Now the kids no longer see matching socks as a 'challenge' and I've reached a point where I don't even look anymore, just go out regularly and replace them. The same goes for Tupperware lids, spoons and winter mitts. My oldest now wears socks that don't match on purpose and I buy plastic spoons designated for lunches. It's easier and saves me a whole lot of time.

How often do we settle for something that is more convenient? I know you're thinking 'it's just Tupperware lids and socks' but what about the other areas in our lives where we settle doing what's easier or takes less time?

We send an email or text because it is a challenge trying to find a quiet time to get together over coffee or chat on the phone. Most 'news' I hear about my friends comes directly from their Facebook posts and the last time I spoke to family out west, was in the form of an email. My daughter would rather send me a text message while in her bedroom if I'm in the kitchen and attending church for an hour every Sunday is easier than finding the time throughout the week to pray or read the bible.

I have to admit, buying more socks and replacing plastic spoons is easier and saves a lot of time… but I’m not sure I appreciate saving 'time' on my relationships with friends, family and God. I miss sitting down face to face with a dear friend to laugh over our coffee. I wish I heard the news in person that my cousin got a new job and is moving to another province. I don't want to know what is going on in my daughter's life from behind a closed bedroom door and series of texts.

Someone recently joked that if God had a Facebook page… no — I don't want to even think about that. It is bad enough I don't spend enough face to face time connecting with the people in my life, but to think that my relationship with God would become something as easy as hitting the 'like' button on His Facebook page?

No. Instead I think that I'm going to put those 'challenges' back into my life and start by calling up a friend inviting her over for coffee…. Maybe together, we can tackle that odd sock basket.