Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hand-In-Hand!

Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Phil. 2:2) 

It is only when I share life's experiences with others that I can enjoy them or endure them to the greatest advantage. This is what the early Christians did. They learned quickly that survival would go hand-in-hand with "fellowship." . . . 

You see, having a relationship calls for being in fellowship with others, and that cannot be done very easily at arm's length. It implies getting in touch, feeling the hurts, being an instrument of encouragement and healing. Fences must come down. Masks need to come off. Welcome signs need to be hung outside the door. Keys to the locks in our lives must be duplicated and distributed. Bridges need to be lowered that allow others to cross the moat and then share our joys and our sorrows. 

Dropping Your Guard 

Living life hand-in-hand with anyone, especially anyone that we don't know very well can be a little nerve-wracking, right? I understand the value of fellowship and the benefits that can come from them. But . . . . 

Trust is the absolute factor that comes into play when deciding to go hand-in-hand with anyone in life, especially a significant other. All of us go into all kinds of relationships with different backgrounds and baggage. Yes friend, I just said baggage. Our background has largely to do with the environment that we have been brought up in. We have very little to no control over that. On the other hand, our baggage is largely those things we have a great deal of control over. The exception to that rule would be a terminal illness among others as an example. 

In the United States, and maybe in your country, our culture(s) have placed a lot of value in independence. The problem with that is that I have personally seen what unbridled (unchecked) independence will do in relationships. In every single instance that I have seen firsthand, nothing good came out of them. With God's help, we can break free from being "too independent". Instead of asking God for more independence, we need to ask Him to help us develop an "interdependent spirit." It is that interdependent spirit that will allow us to "lower the bridge" and fill the gap between ourselves and God and anyone that God chooses to bring into our lives. 

Thank you for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).