(I am away on a vacation/study break during the month of July. The posts that appear during the month are from the archives.)
I was once in a conversation with a man who was very critical and derogatory toward another man. I gathered he had experienced something very negative with this man and now he resented the guy. Sometime later, I saw these two men together. The man who had made these cutting remarks was now smiling and behaving as if they were good friends. It was a strange contrast with what I had witnessed earlier.
We are in a variety of relationships with others including:
Extended family members
People in our church
Yet, many of our relationships rock along, year after year, with very little attention or energy invested.
This series is about upgrading our relationships. What are some practical ways to invest in the relationships that really matter
Consider these 21 ways to upgrade your relationships:
1. Take inventory of some of the relationships that are most significant to you. How would you rate your marriage right now? How would your spouse rate this same relationship? Is there a relationship with one of your children that is either strained or non-existent? Is this a relationship in which your own renewed investment of time, energy, and attention might make a significant difference? What about your friendships? Is there a friend with whom you need to take the initiative to reconnect?
2. Choose a person (spouse, child, friend) today and do something that communicates to this person that you value her.
3. Make a list of 5 to 10 people who are important to you. List how each of these people adds value to your life. Thank God for each person. Communicate your gratitude to at least one person this weekend.