January 12, 2004
In order to become the people that God wants us to be, it is essential that we choose the right relationships. They are extremely important because without them, we will be unable to accomplish much in life. The relationships that we should pursue are ones that:
Build our confidence in God and in ourselves.
Encourage us when we are troubled and despondent.
Stimulate us to reach our full potential.
Energize us when we are weary.
Comfort us when we are hurting.
Defend us when we are attacked.
Forgive us when we make mistakes.
Love us unconditionally.
Confront us when we go astray.
Serve us when we are overextended.
It is good to ask ourselves if we have anyone in our lives who fills the needs mentioned on this list. It is also important to discover what relationships may be dragging us down or deflecting us from the path of godliness. When this happens, we may have to separate from certain individuals in order to maintain our standards. But when separation is not an option—as when the unhealthy relationship involves a family member—we can still persevere to walk with God.
Now, let’s look at that list from a different angle. Ask yourself, Am I the person who lifts and steadies others in their walk with God? We can determine to provide those qualities to those around us. Such relationships are among life’s greatest treasures.
To delve deeper into this subject and more, visit the In Touch Web site: www.intouch.org.
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