Who? (part two)

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After the last post, Who?, another question came up.

               Who is the most important person in your life?

Let me get back to that in a moment.

Someone was telling me about their desire to have many friends. I took the opportunity to say the desire to connect with others is a gift from God, who has an extremely high regard for relationship  (see John 3:16). I added that God created mankind with the intent of having personal relationship with us. When we mimic that, we are mirroring what our Father does.

Relationships are vital to a healthy, abundant life. We were created to live in relationship with God and other people. Jesus modeled this: with the disciples, with the ones he healed, with his friends, with the entire human race. He said this about it, too:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:12-13

Life without relationship is a desert. Tolerable perhaps but not life-giving. We need community to thrive. Yet we do a pretty good job of avoiding interaction with our fellow humans. I find that confusing. So I did extensive research (OK… I asked Google) and highlighted the results.

Maybe it’s because we are bored…

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Or too busy

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Or not interested

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Or overwhelmed

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Nah… that’s not it.

Google confirms that we know what we need…

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And Who to talk to…

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So why is relationship so challenging that we need all those magazine articles? That takes us back to the question at the beginning of this post:

               Who is the most important person in your life?

Well, uh… I am.

A lot of the time, I want God to do what I want instead of wanting to do what He wants. And it’s not limited to God; I am that way with people too. That makes me the most important person in my life.

Let me double-check what Jesus said:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:12-13

Yeah… that’s what I thought He said.

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