4 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 1 - Relationships

I'm thankful for relationships.

As typical as it is, it really is important. God created us to be linked together. Adam's first connection was with God. Then God saw that none of the animals He created were a good enough match for Adam. "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." (Genesis 2:18)

And just as fast as God could perform a rib-ectomy on Adam and form Eve from it (definitely a God thing) - our human ties were born; marriage was born. You know the rest of the story - Adam and Eve had a perfect life together and with God that they threw away for some tasty-looking fruit and an empty promise. Since then, and forever on this side of heaven, our bonds are loose and imperfect. A sinful person cannot truly connect with another sinful person and expect something perfect. Sin in our lives is why we don't get along with each other. It's why we fight, struggle, and cut ties with each other. It's why couples break up, parents and kids disagree, coworkers irritate each other. It's why churches divide and homes break.

It's also why God sent Jesus to restore us to himself. And Jesus is why churches need to be loving, safe places that teach the Truth. He's why the family fights to be a strong, secure haven. He's why marriage and friendships and family members are worth the battles and struggles to keep alive and well. He's why parents parent. He's why we make sacrifices for other people, whether we think they deserve it or not. Jesus, and the overflowing promises He keeps, are the reason our human bonds are so important.


This week I'm grateful for the connections I have in my life. God has placed some fantastic people in my life who have been with me and supportive of me through the joys and struggles of life (and there have been plenty of both the last few years). I can say I'm appreciative of them until I'm out of breath, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. And for someone who wants to write, that can be tough, but I want to show these phenomenal people that their love means so much to me. This week I'm going to work to show them that they are blessings to me, and that I love them like they love me.

Being thankful is one thing; demonstrating thankfulness is something else. It takes time and maybe some sacrifice. And to keep these important bonds strong and solid, it makes all the difference.

What relationship in your life needs some special attention this week? What steps can you take to rekindle a connection or strengthen a bond?  
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