Relationships: They’re No Accident

Relationships: They're No Accident

All the kids were home this weekend. That gets harder to pull off as the nest empties. Russell and I stood in the kitchen and watched our four, plus one daughter-in-law and one daughter-in-law-to-be. Laughter filled the house. It made my heart glad to know my kids and their relationships are healthy and strong.

Surely this is God’s heart too, and it doesn’t happen by accident. Relationships must be built and nurtured.

They take time.



The two greatest commands in the Bible focus on loving God and loving each other. Scripture is filled with verses about relationships. Like Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” and Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

We’re nearing the midpoint of 2016. Ask yourself—what relationships need a little tender loving care?

Marriage? Children? Parents? Co-workers?

Choose one relationship.

What would you like to see, and what will it take to get there?

If it’s closeness you’re seeking, grab your calendar and make time. Now.

If it’s conflict resolution, seek to understand before you air your opinion.

Be intentional.


Right now.

And reap the harvest in the days to come.


What’s your favorite memory?

Who did it involve?

Which of your relationships are healthy? Why?

Which need work?

What step will you take?


The two greatest commands focus on loving God and loving each other. Click to tweet.

What relationship needs a little TLC? Click to tweet.