When it is all said and done, the thing that really matters the most to us, the thing that causes us the most hurt and joy in our lives, and the thing that most impacts our legacy is our relationships – especially those critical relationships. Our relationship with God, our spouse, our children, our extended family, and those close friends.
Relationships, for most of us, are actually the most important things in our lives. Yet for some reason for many of us, our relationships are what we are least intentional about in our lives. Somehow we just expect them to happen; we expect them to somehow stay strong and to grow with little or no intentional planning and action on our part. So often, the most important thing in our lives receives the least amount of our attention. Maybe that is something that needs to change?
Here are a few questions for you to ask about your key relationships:
– What is their love language and do I communicate with them in their love language or in mine?
– What is their personality type and how does that affect how I interact with them?
– What is their preferred method of communication? Do they like calls, texts, Facebook messages, letters?
– How often do I need to be connecting with them? Some relationships require frequent contact and some not so much.
– What are their hopes and fears? What are some of their favorite things?
– What is going on in their lives right now?
– How could I be a blessing to them right now?
– Am I intentionally scheduling time on my calendar to call them / visit them / write them / or ???
Our relationships are vital – so start being intentional about nurturing them.
Question for you – how do you ensure you are caring for those critical relationships in your life?
Have a great weekend!