For A Reason, A Season Or A Lifetime?
PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR PATH FOR A REASON, A SEASON OR A LIFETIME.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do with that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a dificulty…
To provide you with guidance and support…
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually…
They may seem like they are a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die…
Sometimes they walk away…
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand….
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled…
Their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has now been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON.
Because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons.
Things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life…
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime
Friends. People who choose to be a part of our lives! They are not bound to us by ties of genetic material. The are bound to us by invisible ties that they have created with us…braided by the twists and turns and unpredictability of the life that we share.
God has designed man to forge friendships with others like him. Our lives and our living is structured around sharing thoughts and feelings and even sharing our deepest secrets with another within the safety of absolute trust and without fear of judgement or betrayal. And while there are varying levels of the friendships we share with others, we are also designed so that some friendships morph into lasting relationships. Even the absolute and inviolate bond between each of us and our life partner started as a friendship that transformed from a deep and abiding like to a deep and abiding love!
When our relationship with another is a bond that transcends earthly love, it is known as “agape”. And it is “agape” that Christ talks about in what is considered to be His farewell discourse. Found in John, chapter 15, we learn Christ’s explanation for the shared relationship between the Disciples and Himself. He reminds them, and us, of the importance of loving one another in the same manner as the love He shares with God the Father, and the love He in turn, shares with His followers. And it is in the following verse, that Christ alludes to His impending crucifixion, as He refers to the greatest love there can be between friends. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.
Friendships may come more easily at times, and these are the relationships that are easy to sustain. But there are those friendships that do not come quite as easily. That does not mean that they are less important to us, only that they are different and that we must tend to them with more thought and care. But the more you give of yourself to nurture their growth, the stronger the ties become and the more likely it is that they will endure all of the trials that we all face as we walk hand in hand through life. “An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.” Proverbs 18:19 NLT. So learn the meaning …the true meaning of “agape”, and nourish your friendships with the same diligence you nourish your body every day!
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
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