“It’s not wealth that has made me happy, it’s my family.”
So said the popstar, Sting, in an interview. He comes from a poor working class background in the north of England, but now is wealthy. Do you agree that what’s most important in life is not our money or possessions or achievements, but our relationships? I believe that in life, relationships matter.
Without close relationships in our lives, stress and anxiety levels are more likely to increase. Yet, in our technological society close relationships are becoming harder and harder to maintain. We smile when we see people sitting at the same table buried in their iPhones rather than talking. Then we realise we sometimes do the same thing.
Meaningful and balanced relationships are essential to living a healthy life, and when these relationships are broken, the impact on everyone is enormous. While we all appreciate the tremendous advances in our technological society, one of the down sides is that human relationships may suffer. If we are not careful, we live life at such a hectic pace that even in our families and homes we don’t take time to speak, to eat together, to pray and play together, and to have fun together.
I am thankful for my wife and family, who love me in spite of my many imperfections and we all still enjoy spending time together. But I confess it is so easy to get off track, and to neglect our relationships with family and friends. We can easily take one another for granted, get self-absorbed, and fail to nurture what really matters.
One of the reasons I am a follower of Jesus is that through His power and forgiveness, I am able to have a relationship with God, who has made each of us in His image. The triune God made us for relationships and community.
When I am struggling in life, it generally means that I am neglecting my relationship with God. The more I experience His love and forgiveness, the more I love and forgive others. Then the relationships in my life will become a higher priority.
How are we doing Bray Park Community Church? Who do we need to spend time with? Who in our Families and church family do we need to reconnect with? It’s time to look up from the phone or table and have a conversation - make real connections.
1 Chronicles 16:34-35 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Cry out, “Save us, God our Saviour; gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.”