We often let our relationships define us. Instead, we should be defining our relationships. In other words our relationships should have purpose. This is one of the most important elements of our lives; therefore we should have a relational development plan.
Here is a truth: every relationship ends up somewhere, few relationships end up somewhere on purpose. The Proverbs writer said this: “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18) While that is very true of the bigger picture of life it is also true of every area of your life. In the context of relationships it would read like this: Where there is no vision in relationships, the relationships perish…
Your relationships have the potential for the greatest return in your life. The downside is that relationships also have the potential for the greatest pain.
Every relationship ends up somewhere. Few relationships end up somewhere on purpose.
Consider these 4 questions to assure your relationships end up somewhere on purpose:
What Relationship Needs To Be Initiated?
Is there a void in your relational bank? Do you need to initiate a relationship? Take a few moments and prayerfully ask God. You are His masterpiece and He cares about the relationships that you develop. “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT)
If you do not have healthy relationships with a designed purpose and destination, you see that according to the writer of Ecclesiastes you are “in real trouble”. On the contrary there is real security in interdependence on one another in healthy relationships.
Initiate relationships. You have the privilege of choosing your relationships. In my book Life Palette I talk extensively about how important your relationship choices are for you to live as the masterpiece God created you to be.
Deciding Which Relationships Need To Be Initiated:
Look at the voids you have in your life. Consider your concentric circles, your business life, spiritual life, perhaps marriage or friendships. Take time to prayerfully consider the areas you need to initiate relationships.
Don’t miss Monday’s Life Palette blog as I continue walking through how to make sure your relationships end up somewhere on purpose as we look at which relationships in our lives need to be nurtured. Take a moment right now and sign up to receive the Life Palette blog in your email to make sure you never miss a post.
What relationships do you need to initiate and why?