Tend to your relationship with others
Are you one of those people who remembers almost everybody you meet? You know the names of people’s kids and their pets, when they had their bunion surgery, and how they order at Chipotle? I have to admit that if you’re one of those people, then you possess a talent that I do not. I’m not a natural networker. I’m an introvert. I don’t have dozens of people constantly blowing up my phone with texts and calls. I just don’t have that knack.
But then maybe the problem is not a lack of ability but a lack of desire or dedication. I do find myself capable of remembering a good number of things. Perhaps the reason that I don’t maintain those interpersonal relationships is not a lack of knack but a lack of want-to.
Honestly, I’m the sort of person who can operate in isolation and be fairly happy. If nobody comes over to my house this weekend, I’m good with that. But I recognize that God not only made us to be in relationship with Him but in relationship with each other.
To that end, even though it doesn’t come naturally, I try to make and maintain those relationships. And curiously, even though it runs against my nature, I find that these efforts almost always pay off in some manner.
Maybe there’s hope for the introverts of this world.
- What relationships have you allowed to atrophy in recent days? What can you do to restore and nurture them?
- What relationships would you be better off severing?
- Do you pray regularly for God’s assistance in maintaining proper, healthy relationships?