Last week I was able to travel up to California to visit a long time friend during spring break here at school. It was such an amazing trip, and I’m just so thankful that I got to go.
Most of the week was spent in a some small towns a few hours outside of LA: Newberry, Barstow, and Apple Valley. It seemed to be even more of a desert than Chihuahua, yet it had a lot of similarities to where I am now, just without the city feeling. My friend is an occupational therapist, so during her work hours I got to explore the area a little on my own, but the real reason I was there was to spend time with her and catch up, so that was the best part.
The day before I flew back home, we got to go to Disneyland! I never plan these things too well, yet the day could not have been better. Our tiny group was perfect for that day.
Building relationships is always worth it. Pouring time, effort, love, money, and faith into other people always has some type of benefit.
Something that I have been meditating on and trying to learn more about is God’s grace. I still have a lot of meditating left on the subject, and I mostly see a need in myself to grow more in grace. Relationships are one of the best ways to better understand the ways God offers us grace daily.
In I Peter 4:8-11 Peter is talking about how we should be acting as believers in God’s grace, and it ends with:
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Building relationships doesn’t always come easy to me. I struggle to answer text messages. I’m not always able to answer the phone because I psych myself out, and returning calls has to happen after my heart pace has returned to normal. Multiple times I’ve had to ask random people to push the send button for my emails, because I physically struggle forcing myself to push send. I have a horrible habit of double booking engagements, which stresses me out so much I feel like I should cancel BOTH of the original appointments rather than more logically rescheduling one. Really my favorite part of relationships is physically being together and spending stress free time with people, and I love going out of my way in those moments to try to love my friends. Though I realize, relationships require more work than whatever my favorite part happens to be.
But none of that matters, because the most important part of relationships is to glorify God, which we do by serving others with whatever gifts God gave us. I think relationships require so much grace and patience on purpose in order to glorify God by ultimately growing our relationships with Him.
In the end, I am so thankful for how many friends God has placed in my life. They have shown me more patience and love than I could possibly share or deserve, and after trips like these I feel extraordinarily blessed by God for the people He’s placed in my life that have faithfully tried to help me grow closer to Him.