As I look at all that is meaningful in my life, I have to say it’s my relationships from family to acquaintances. My immediate family is my closest and I’m fortunate to say I have one. My husband and children, their spouses and my grandchildren are my joy and my rock in times of trouble and stress.
My brother and sister are deep roots to my past and we continue to see each other when we can. I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to have them in my life, each of us feels blessed because of our parents and their loyalty to us and now we are extending this to each other. My sister and brother in laws are caring and loyal friends, each person plays a role in our family dynamics that are unique and fun, my nieces and nephews have rolled along with our corky family get togethers. Our cousins are still in touch, through phone or social media, it’s a blessing and confirmation that our family still chooses to get together no matter the distance that separates us, we have history.
My friends and past co workers -I treasure, each one I found I loved in a special way, many of them I don’t see anymore (thank God for social media!) but still hold that place in my heart and mind and I will never forget them and what they meant to me.
Our relationships with each other can either go in many directions but I will speak on two. Either we let go of some relationships that aren’t working (no matter how hard we try or want to give up on) or we hold on to the one’s that enhance our lives. Some relationships require much more work and are way harder to deal with, depending on who they are or what they mean your decision to continue on with them may be a tough one. If a person is keeping you awake at night with their bad behavior, there needs to be a conversation or let it go. If someone hurt you instead of telling everyone about it, (believe me, I have been there) go have a loving chat with that person, if it doesn’t work out and they won’t listen or respond in a positive way at least you did your best in trying to resolve it. Sometimes you might be surprised, that person may come around or you may realize you over stepped.
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
The goal is to get you thinking about your relationships, how do you choose them?
Are there family members that just crawl under your skin?
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Do you consider why you do or don’t get along with someone or a group of people?
Do you keep choosing people that aren’t right for you in the end?
Is there something inside of you that drives you towards happy or hurtful people?
All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.
Is there something or someone you are trying to change and it’s not working?
Maybe it’s time to look at your past choices and look at your internal voice, sometimes when we have bad thoughts about someone is it that we may see we don’t like in ourselves that needs to be addressed?
When we break it all down at the end of the day, it’s either who hurt you or who made you happy. But life is more than that, it’s building, forgiving and moving on from what makes us angry or feel burdened by. It’s our relationships that help us grow, that directs our path and gives us a heart for others even when they hurt us. We are human and make mistakes, so forgive as Jesus forgives you.
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