Relationship. A connection, association or involvement; a connection between persons; a bond; interconnection; kinship; link; rapport; relevance.
Attention is necessary to maintain a relationship – whether it is personal time, quick texts or note or maybe even that yearly Christmas letter. Connections are maintained through some sort of contact which is balanced.
Balance is needed. A relationship requires something that is two way. It can’t be one sided to be a true relationship. One of the best pieces of advice a mentor once gave me was to step back and wait. Value is shown by how one invests time – if that isn’t being pursued by both sides that relationship has a different value and meaning to each individual.
It’s okay to let a relationship be what it is. It’s okay to consider someone a friend yet they think of you as a co-worker or just a neighbor. It’s okay to have relationships in different circles at different levels at different depths.
Isaiah 43:1 “I have called you by name, you are mine.”
Isaiah 43:3 “ For I am the Lord you God”
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
Matthew 28:20 “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Ephesians 3:17ff “you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”