Partners are often found in marriage, but those who are single can also find great partners to work with, rely on, and trust. We were not created to live individually, but to partner first with God, and then also with one another. If you are married, how can you invest more in your partnership with your spouse? If you are not married or in a significant partnership, how might you seek to deepen a true friendship?
Our scripture this week is about the friendship of David and Jonathan, a relationship so vital that they were “bound up” in each other’s lives. True friendships are very different from Facebook friendships. We may have people in our lives that we see in passing or share posts or tweets with, but do we have those people whose friendships are so deeply meaningful that we cannot be the same without them?
We need people in our lives that we can turn to when we are unsure of ourselves and our answers. With humility, we admit that we need others with more perspective and wisdom than we have individually. Who are those wise mentors in your life, and how might you learn from and rely on them?
The most vital relationship we have is with our creator God, who is always with us. In God we find redemption, and time spent on this relationship is key to living our lives to the fullest potential. What might you do to foster a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God at this point in your life?
Do you schedule times to serve, going on mission trips or taking full days to serve the community? What about the times in between? Jesus invites us to love our neighbors wherever and whenever we see a need. How can we open our eyes to see the people all around us who need to experience Christ’s love through us?
The Pharisees and good religious folk of Jesus’ day wanted to engage him in an argument, but Jesus avoided the debate by telling them to love instead of argue. What amazing advice for us all! What if everyone who claims to follow Christ stopped trying to win arguments and instead focused on acting like Jesus and loving other people unconditionally?
God designed us for deep and meaningful relationships with one another, but often we replace those potential relationships with shallow conversations about what is wrong with the world around us. How might we spend more energy nurturing our own relationships and less energy pointing out the faults and differences of others?
Jesus taught that we are only to judge ourselves and consider our own needs for improvement. It is easy to worry about who fits into our group rather than loving all God’s children as family. How can we strive to work on our own problems, while acknowledging the struggles of others, instead of focusing on what is wrong with everyone else?
In the modern world we have become accustomed to sharing certain parts of our lives without really getting to know anyone, or letting others get to know us. We worry more about the Wi-Fi password than we do about building real connections with others. How might we grow to care more about one another than we do about our online profiles?
We often worry about minor choices, such as what is on the Wednesday night church dinner menu, when there are people nearby who do not have enough to eat. How might we look past our preferences and abundance to see the real need and hunger in our world? When we serve the least among us, we serve Jesus Christ.