John 6:66,67 (Amplified Bible)
66 After this, many of His disciples drew back (returned to their old associations) and no longer accompanied Him.
67 Jesus said to the Twelve, Will you also go away? [And do you too desire to leave Me?]
Oh, the pain and abandonment Jesus must have felt! When it comes to relationships- I think we can all 'relate'...
Are there certain relationships in your life that are so far from where you would like them to be that it often brings you to tears? When you contemplate these relationships do you wonder whether your friends and/or family ever think about you? Or if they even care at all? Yeah, me too.
I have been thinking about my own strained relationships the last couple days, and to be honest, it got me kind of down in the dumps. There are certain friends and family that I've had very close relationships with in the past, however, over the years, these ties have worn so thin that they can barely hold a conversation let alone the weight of reality. Once dear friends have been reduced to Facebook blurbs and superficial text messages, while others will not even return my calls and emails. I often wonder if there is some sort of mutant gene that allows one to just cut people out of their lives without any thought, care, or catharsis?
Personally, I think most people believe that there will always be time to make things right. This is also why so many relationships are stuck lingering in the past for fear of an uncertain future. We numb our minds with television, movies, and video games because we do not want to put forth the effort, or deal with the pain and entanglement of relationships; we convince ourselves that we are so busy, yet we spend hours glued to flat panel screens of streaming nothingness never realizing the decay around us. Yes, I too have often frequented this land of suspended disbelief…but I vow to no longer be a dweller in these glasshouses of fad.
I have determined that this is the year of restoration and renewal. Now I’m not going to pretend that all friend/family problems are going are to magically transform into a relational Shangri-La…but I’m willing to run that extra mile; because in the end, I don’t want any regrets. I will reach out, say what I need to say, and leave the ball in their court to play with as they see fit. Life is too short...let's start healing and moving forward!
Are you currently dealing with any emotional pain due to strained relationships?
If so…what has helped, or what have you done?
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