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 have are rarely shallow. It also pushes me to make meaningful relationships with others, because if it isn’t meaningful the trapped feeling flares its ugly head pretty quickly. This is one reason why I love relationships that are based around balanced mutual discipleship, meaning we help each other grow.

The bad side to this character trait would be my tendency to bolt when things get confusing, monotonous, or shallow. As a believer in Christ, relationships are a huge part of our ministries and lives. As I keep growing in Christ, the Holy Spirit is constantly pricking my conscience within different relationships, usually right after I do something wrong.

“You messed up with that person.” “This person needs your patience, chill out.” “If you listen to this person, you may enjoy them more.” “Love may mean just accepting them the way they are (even if they are irrational).”

I have been praying about how to use this blog since I’ve gotten back from Mexico. While in Mexico, this was the easiest connection with the people who were praying for me, but I’ve also seen it as a great way for me to verbalize and connect with others on things God has been teaching me. A lot of what He has been teaching me over the past few years has been about relationships. Basically, the closer I grow in my relationship with God, the more He has taught me about the importance of relationships with people. I still need a lot of work!

Thus this seems like a great platform for me to continue to grow in this area specifically through a series I'm titling Relationally Speaking. Until God leads me to a new area to focus on growing, I’m going to use this blog to focus on learning more about relationships and how they are ultimately a picture pointing us back to our relationship with Christ.


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