Relationships are very important. That may seem like a given, but too many people take too many people, and their relationship with those people, for granted. Just because someone has always been in your corner, does not give you the okay to take them for granted. In fact, those are the people you must honor and cherish the most.
Think of the things that happen to you daily: someone cutting you off in traffic, your boss getting on your nerves, your spouse forgetting to pay the water bill, the kids arguing over who broke what toy…. You just need to vent, but…
Who Gives A Fart?
Really. Who do you think would give a fart about any portion of your day if YOU did not take time to maintain your relationship with them? And, on the flip side, suppose you had some great news to share: a spicy engagement, a long-awaited pregnancy, a fat promotion, a hot new date, or a promising business venture. Who do you think would really give a fart about your good news? Generally, people may listen to be polite, but who do you think would really care if you haven’t invested any time in them? Not many people. And if you think parents will always give a fart, you may be right, but because they WILL always give a fart, that’s even more reason to nurture your relationship with them.
It doesn’t take long to show someone that you care about THEM. In fact, the same effort that you put into sucking up their time and energy (and sometimes money) is the same amount of time and energy you can give back. Here are some simple ways that we can show that we care, but rarely do we think about these things nowadays:
1. A “Thank you” or “I’m Thinking of You” card sent by snail mail.
2. A phone call just to say “Hello. How are you? I was just thinking of you.”
3. A short visit with pleasant conversation.
4. Do a favor.
5. Offer your expertise, product, or service free of charge (especially to those who you love or have done much for you).
6. Think of something, anything, that would really make a difference in that person’s life or bring a smile to their face and do it.
In short, the moral of the story is this: You can’t expect for people to continue to give a fart when clearly YOU don’t give a fart. Put in the time and effort to nurture your relationships, making your relationships a fulfilling exchange of give-and-receive. Your life, as well as theirs, will be richer for it.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38 [NLT]
****HOMEWORK: Within the next 24 hours, make a list of at least 10 people that you appreciate, or should appreciate, and SHOW them that they are important to you. Hint: you can start with one of the items 1-6 listed above.****
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