Take care of your most important relationships

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Laugh Again”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Make room for us in your hearts.” 2 Corinthians 7:2 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Take care of your most important relationships”
 
This morning I was thinking about a couple’s Bible study I led a few of years ago. It was actually a marriage enrichment study. Eight couples met every Thursday night to watch the DVD series “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, followed by a time of group discussion. The DVD was helpful and funny but the group discussion was the best part.
 
Although that study was specifically about helping husbands and wives maintain strong marriage relationships, the principles taught really pertain to all relationships. The primary lesson was that we have to nurture and care for the relationships that are most important to us because if we don’t, they won’t be healthy – and life is miserable when our most important relationships are not healthy. It’s tough to be light-hearted and happy, smiling and laughing, if your home is filled with tension and conflict.
 
In 2 Corinthians 7:2 Paul urged his readers to make room for him in their hearts. In other words, “Make room for me in your life. Give me some of your time and attention.” That reminds me of an important lesson Benjamin Franklin once taught about the value of time. In contemporary language it goes: “Do you value your life? Then value your time, because time is the stuff life is made of.”
 
Your life is made up of the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years that God has granted to you. And here’s the thing – once a moment in time is gone, it’s gone. It’s a piece of your life which you will never get back. So, when you give a person some of your time you have given them a piece of your life. Therefore, your time is valuable and when you give a person some of your time (some of your life) you have given them a precious gift.
 
I encourage you to care for your most important relationships by investing time and effort into keeping them healthy. Don’t be like the guy who had the following conversation with his wife:
 
Her: Why don’t you take me out to dinner?
Him: I don’t go out with married women.
Her: But I’m your wife.
Him: I don’t make exceptions.
 
Don’t be that guy! Take care of your relationships and keep them healthy by committing time to them. Your life will be better and you will be happier when your most important relationships are healthy.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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