Monday, March 23, 2009

Let's Face It: Relationships

I know that God has called us to be good stewards of the relationships that He has given us in our lives. I know that God wants us to love like He loves. I have some relationships that are easy to cultivate and others that seem to be lifeless- never growing or bearing fruit.

Within my sphere of friends, family, and acquaintances, there are lots of different relational styles. People with different personalities, different desires, different approaches to life, and different opinions. Sometimes these "differences" and I completely clash whether voiced or not. As a business owner, I am learning up close and personal how to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are some customers I have an instant connection with and others that are all business. In my personal life, there are those as well.

I find myself rehearsing, searching, and trying to find reason to some of these relationships that bear no fruit. When do you cut a branch off and quit trying to cultivate it? What does God think about this? What does God's word say about difficult relationships? So, open for discussion. I don't have the answer - but I am willing to start hunting for good, Biblical advice. I thought it might be useful, for you and me, if I started to post scriptures that I find and stories that you pass on to me about your struggles with relationships. So, for those of you who follow daily, when you see the "let's face it" post, it's on relationships. Feel free to pass your stories or solutions on. Also, if you want your comment kept private, just say so and I won't publish it.