The original title of this blog was life is all about relationships but after a long reflection on the subject, I decided to change it to a question. It is my little way of shining a light of love even in a time such as this when some have decided to kill their fellow brothers and sisters. Killing a fellow human is never a solution to any problem.
In Galatian’s 5:6, Paul teaches that only faith activated and expressed through love matters. Modern culture has largely replaced relationships with events & activities. Now people tend to draw their identity from accomplishments and achievements. While this is not all bad, events and activities, accomplishments and achievements are poor substitutes for relationships. At the end of our life’s, we won’t be remembered for the incredible personal achievements we accomplish but for who and how we loved. We express love in different ways through the funnel of relationships. Relationships are our interactions with parents, spouses, children, friends, animals, the environment, etc.
Some will argue that life is not all about relationships as a musician will say life is about music, a teacher, on the other hand, will say life is about learning and so forth. While all these perspectives are valid, and life is a mixture of so many things, the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships. When we forget or lose sight of that, we start to live a half-life, drowning in our “doing” instead of growing in our “being.” Jesus taught us, again and again, that the essence of being fully alive is to be fully open and present to one another.
To my brothers and sisters in South Africa, stop fighting one another and love instead. When we forget our pains and think about the pain of others, only then are we able to win others over. Don’t try to build relationships around selfish needs because, they never last but where there is true love, those bonds last forever. Families are not created by birth alone but also by love for love make stronger bonds and families.
We all need people around us. To build relationships, you must create value for the people/person in the relationship. Some people want to be in the click of billionaires today but know that the click you see today started as a relationship yesterday. Start today to build your own click/table too that others can look up to tomorrow.