Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Relationships

This last weekend we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with family. Unfortunately none of our family lives down the street so we always have to put a few miles on before we can see them. We do not put the miles on often enough, and after we are home we are always so glad we did. Sometimes the thought of loading everyone up for 3 1/2 hours in the car is daunting. (It always works best if it is naptime for Nadia).

The morning before we headed for home we visited my husband's grandmother in the nursing home. She hasn't been in there long and she is still not very happy about being there. Unfortunately she is very weak and needed extra care. She has a hard time articulating what she wants to say and she gets frustrated when she can't get the words out.

One of the things she said that really stuck with me is, "people don't really care about relationships anymore". It made me really sad to hear her say it. But, I know that it is true.

We let our busy lives get in the way of so many of our relationships: relationships with family, friends and even God.

I had an interesting conversation last week with a friend about Salvation. How can you know when you are saved? I left the conversation feeling like I did a horrible job explaining my thoughts. All of the scriptures that I know, wouldn't come to my mind.

Yet really, it all comes back to one word, Relationship. No wonder it is so hard to explain this to people when all too often in our culture, we don't nurture the relationships we have.

I realized on Monday that I have some relationships that need some extra attention. I am not going to let the busyness of life get in the way. I am so thankful for all of you that take the time to read my posts. I am having so much fun developing new relationships with my readers and fostering the relationships I already had.

Have a fabulous Wednesday.
~Amy

5 comments:

the ungourmet said...

Good for you for taking the time to be a friend.

I have been feeling a little sad for several months now because a friend of mine is too busy for me. I was always the one reaching out to her. I've finally given up trying. :0(

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

You are so right Amy, we all need to work at relationships, they don't just happen and thrive! Life is way too busy isn't it? Thanks for your lovely comments.
Collette xxx

Chele said...

Relationships are so important!! As a matter of fact, I "met" someone today that things a lot of her younger sister (that's you!) You have to make relationships work, they don't work on their own. Our preacher did a sermon on this just a few weeks ago. My friendships are very important to me, even my online friendships! :)

Christian Mommy Writer said...

This is so true. We have to make time for things that are important. Our relationship with our family and friends should be high on the list. Besides, it only takes a few minutes to make someone's day. I'm sure your husband's grandmother was delighted to see you all.

Michelle Slomp said...

I know what you mean about relationships, especially family. My mother-in-law worries that once she is gone that we won't get together anymore (since it seems we only gather at her house). I think part of the lack of relationships in our society and lives is not wanting people to see our weaknesses and vulnerability. Our relationship with Christ is about our weakness and allowing him to love us for who we are, not what we want others to perceive us as.