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Mimicking the Master

Reading about Jesus and how He related with His 12 disciples is one of the main reasons why I love teaching and one of the driving factors behind my philosophy of education. I decided in college that I wanted my life ministry to mimic Christ’s life ministry as closely as possible. I am not even close to arriving at that goal, but through working on it, I have made a lot of observations of how He spent His time here on earth.
One area that I find encouraging is how He organized and pursued earthly relationships. As image bearers of His Father, everyone He met was equal in His eyes, but each person had a different role, relationship, or connection with Him. We can relate and mimic Him in that we have people in our lives that we relate with each of these ways.
The first group that I want to point out is the gentiles. He did not connect with them as a whole while here on earth, but rather just with a few individuals that reached out and wanted to connect with Him. This isn’t because He …

Premises and Purposes

Warning: this post may seem pointless to some people, but this thought has really transformed my thinking on relationships. It also is a great way to begin this series in that it will define what the rest of the series will be discussing from a Biblical worldview.
Relationships are not meant to make us happy or to make us feel fulfilled. Those may be by-products of what they are meant to do (and hopefully they are), but their purpose is found outside the realm of our desires.
The need for relationships doesn’t come naturally to me. I remember people telling me as a teen that we need relationships: friends, mentors, family members or whoever. But I, being the annoying teen I was, had a “prove it” type personality.
If we really got down to the nitty-gritty details, life tends to make me think we don’t need very many relationships. People let us down ALL THE TIME. People also tend to lead us away or discourage us from where we want/need to be in life.
Even with the people that are easier…

Relationally Speaking

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Freedom is a big deal to me. I tend to dislike things in life that feel like prison, being stuck, or trapped. For instance, group text messages feel like prison. Long board games can have a similar feeling. Don’t even get me started on indefinite parties. Feeling trapped in these settings seems trivial though compared to feeling trapped in relationships. Some things are relatively easy to avoid, but as humans we all were created relationally.
Being overly cautious or standoffish in relationships is not always a bad trait. It tends to make me more blunt with what is on my mind, which is one reason that the relationships I do…

Psalm 46