Letters, texts or face-to-face?

I was led to read 2 John earlier this week and a particular verse caught my eye –

Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. – 2 John 1:12 (NRSV)

2 John is believed to be written by John, Jesus’ disciple to a Christian household.

I remember DR posting an article on his Facebook that much as technology or telecommunication such as phone calls, Whatsapp, are useful for quick pep talks, nothing really beats face-to-face communication. Of course, I am not discounting these technological means altogether. Instead, I see them as complements.

In fact, I have witnessed how positive and effective it is to use both means. First, there were Whatsapp messages to find out how certain things were and when it would be good time to meet. But, when it comes to meeting up face-to-face over dinner, it was the best time the 3 of us (a young lady, Chuan and I) had ever had. We could talk about so many things and she could ask difficult questions about faith, things which would be difficult to explain over texts.

While mulling over the verse, I notice the second part of it – “...so that our joy may be complete“. Indeed, writing, texting are part of communicating but to further have conversations face-to-face, it completes the our joy of our relationships.