How many times a day do we think something like… “If only I could have ____________.”
Now, how many of those thoughts are beneficial or life-changing? Even more, how often do they to help change us into better, more balanced people?
If we’re honest with ourselves, more often than not, these sorts of thoughts don’t bloom anything other than greed, selfishness, and jealousy.
What relationships are the most vital to your day-to-day life? Perhaps it’s a friendship that keeps your walk on pace where it needs to be. If you are married, then maybe it’s taking the steps to continually strengthen the relationship with your spouse. Maybe it’s your kids–raising them to follow the path God has for them. The relationship with your parent, ensuring they are taken care of as they age, getting any and all help that they need. Even still, it could be a broken relationship that needs to be fixed.
No matter what relationship it was that came to mind, what if we took the “I want one of those…” mindset and redirected it to look something like this…
“…I want one of those relationships that leaves others in awe of God. I want to spur insert name here on into becoming a stronger, better, deeper person for Him. I want this to reflect out into the world as an example of His love. I want the type of relationship that others look at and say “I want what they have”. Not just to say that about the relationship between insert name and I, but about our relationship with Him as well. I want a relationship that changes society’s opinion of what this sort of bond should really look like. I want us to be an example that it can be done, even when everyone else around says that it’s impossible to maintain a healthy relationship based on God. So long as we remain based in God, and keep him as our focus, this relationship could change the world…or at least our part of the world.”
Can you imagine what our mindset would be if we looked for ways and relationships to desire an intimacy like this? Those relationships will blossom into something that’s more amazing, more spiritually powerful than we could even imagine.
Can I challenge us today? To take one or two of the people who came to mind, and look for intentional ways to build those relationships in Him? If it’s a broken relationship that came to mind, perhaps it’s making another attempt to restore balance (whatever that would look like) to that relationship.