A relationship can only work between two people who are totally present and dedicated to one another. Despite any outward distractions or internal problems. You’re either in it together, or you’re not in it at all. ~Anonymous
“Relationship”. All you have to do is Google the word and you will come up with a host of topics:
Relationship Problems and How to Solve Them
Relationships: Making it work
The latest in relationships
How to have a healthy relationship
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…
For the vast majority of our lives, we are consumed with the thought of relationships. When we are very young, we cannot wait to develop our first relationship with another. As we get older, we begin to count the relationships that we have had. As we get even older, we begin to look for a solid, committed relationship with another.
We search for relationships, we lament relationships, we celebrate relationships. However, the one thing that many — if not most — people do not consider is this: God wants to have a relationship with us.
It is true.
God is always present to us. God wants to be in our lives. God will always help us. God is eminently, and eternally, dedicated to us. God is just waiting for us to turn to Him and embrace His love.
However, relationships have to be two-sided. We cannot claim to have a relationship with God if we do not create any time to be with Him. We cannot say that we have a relationship with God if we do not speak to Him. We cannot have a relationship with God if we do not care about what He has to say.
One of the things that Lent is about is relationship. Lent invites us to examine the relationship that we have with God and to answer, honestly, whether or not we are putting the time and energy into the relationship to make it work.
God puts in 100% of Himself, 24/7. What do we bring to the relationship? What are we willing to bring to the relationship this Lent?
FAITH ACTION: Check your mental list of things that you have promised to do during Lent. Have you included any opportunities for quiet time so that you can develop your relationship with God?