We learn early on in life that relationships matter. By the time most people reach high school the people we sit with at the lunch table determine whether we’re a jock, geek, socially awkward, or part of the “in” crowd or not. At work if we hang out around the water cooler whether we’re the ones talking about everyone or not, we could easily be labeled as busy-bodies or gossipers. Growing up we probably heard the phrase from our parents or teachers or coaches, “You are who you hang out with.” And, while we may have wanted to deny it from time to time, if we take a moment to really consider what it means, we find it to be more true than it is false.
In about 28 hours we’re kicking off our MESH Relationship Conference so it’s all about relationships around here right now -- be it family, working and/or church-life connections. And, even in the latest issue of our magazine we focused on relationships, you can read it online here.
- When was the last time you did a self-inventory to check your everyday relationships and the paradigms you have that are influenced by those connections?
- Are you going in the direction you planned to go 5 years ago?
- Have you been encouraged or discouraged by the people you surround yourself with?
When we take a moment to evaluate our lives we often realize how much of our current reality has been influenced by the people in (or not in) our lives. And, as we take the inventory of our relationships, let’s remember it’s also about where are we at in our relationship with God. Does a relationship even exist? Do we value what He values? Do we live our lives in such a way to honor Him?
Our greatest power is our power to choose—especially when it comes to the people we build relationships with and allow to invest into our lives. Let’s make the most of this year and invest our time into healthy relationships!