Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Don’t forget to do something special for your sweetie. Each year, during Valentine’s week, I face a bit of extra pressure … my wife and daughter each have birthdays just before and after V-Day. I really do enjoy this week because these two relationships are incredibly important to me.
Everything in life is about relationships. Unless you live in a cave, you are forced to relate to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
A recent University of Minnesota study on relationships concluded this: “Healthy relationships are a vital component of health and wellbeing. There is compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to a long, healthy, and happy life. Conversely, the health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity.” The study concluded that healthy relationships can help you live longer, better deal with stress, be physically healthier, and even feel richer!
We place much focus on physical health but often neglect spiritual, emotional, and relational health. I want to encourage you to be intentional in your relationships. Give the necessary time and energy to help them grow. Don’t live on relational “cruise control.”
During a wedding ceremony, the couple is asked to pledge their vows of love and devotion to each other. “No matter what life throws at you, do you commit to each other forever?” In essence, a bride and groom say to each other, “I choose you. No matter what, I choose you.”
This is the foundation of lasting relationships. This is the foundation of God’s relationship with us. John 15:16 says, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.”
In any relationship, it can be difficult to choose love regardless of circumstance. My marriage vows didn’t say, “You will chose to love me in sickness and health.” My vows are about what I am going to do. I choose you love you; to serve you; to protect you. I choose you.
Relationships are hard work, but they are totally worth it! They provide encouragement, love, security, encouragement … the list goes on and on. We need supernatural help to maintain health in our relationships. 1 John 4 says that “God is love.” He is the source of love. I encourage you to tap into God’s love. Receive it and invite him into your life and your relationships. Be intentional to love on those who are important to you this month, but go deeper as you tap into the source and the author of love.