What struck me as I read chapter 2 of @StickyJesus is our desire to connect and to belong. This plays out in a myriad of ways. How we relate to our family, co-workers, even our blogging or social media community, it all boils down to this simple desire.
Yet, none of those desires will be fully met on earth and that's just how God created us to function. I believe earthly relationships are crucial for us to understand how God does and does not work, just as I believe that these same relationships will never fully satisfy us. I suppose that's why I've been trying to train myself to go to God first, friends and family second. It's an area I'll be working on for awhile, it seems.
Our relationship or connectivity to God will, of course, impact our ability to relate to others. He will increase our ability to love, offer grace, be patient, and forgive, all essential components of a relationship. And when we have relationships that are more messy or imperfect, it's even more important for us to view the other person through God's lens.
I crave connection because I'm built that way. The trick is how to channel that desire. Is it all about me? Or is it all about God? Do I seek to better understand others for my own edification or for God's? Do I use a rehearsed script or speak from the heart? Am I using my gifts to bless others or am I tangled up in my own issues? I find the answer to all of these questions is a matter of attitude, motivation, and balance.
"He was and is a God of relationship, love, and community. He wants to raise His kids by experiential relationship, not dead religion...He can touch any heart at any moment, anywhere, in any way He chooses. The glory of this holy equation is that He has called you. He's called you out of your stunted, insular self and into a limitless and vast relationship with Him. He will do a holy work in you and others each time you recount that story." -p. 24How do I respond to this call to relationship? Draw near to God. Draw near to the people He has placed in my life, whether real life or on-line. Tell of what He has done in my "stunted, insular" life. If I am authentically who God created me to be, connection and community will follow. How God chooses to use that is up to Him. I do my part; He does His. That sounds like my kind of relationship.
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