Chapter Three - Seeing God In Our Friendships

Holding on to good relationships is harder than ever given a 63% divorce rate in the Christian church and so many broken, long distance, and mobile relationships. The good news is that we can maintain strong, healthy connections with those we hold close to our hearts by simple nurturing. A little bit goes a long way.

When Joy’s granddaughter Danielle stopped by to change and refresh before her job, Joy put out her favorite fragrant bath gel next to a clean fluffy towel. It was a sweltering hot day in the Midwest, so Joy left a glass of cold water next to the bed waiting for her. And whoever gives to one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward (Ma 10:42).

Thoughtfulness works for my family, too. Making happy faces with the cantaloupe on my children’s plates for lunch would prompt little smiles on their faces and in their hearts. Leaving a loving message on their voicemails keeps us connected now that they’re older. Little things mean so much—even giving a smile when I don’t feel like it.

We all want to be loved and feel like we belong. The need to have these essentials met in good and functional ways will have positive and long lasting results. It is literally the difference between life and death. …because you were faithful in a very little, [you shall] have authority over ten cities (Lk 19:17). How we act toward people is a pretty good indication of how we feel about God.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps (Pr 16:9). Joy wanted to be a psychiatrist. She reached the same end by a different means. Sometimes we want to be or do something because it is the closest thing we can imagine as being or describing our heart’s desire. If we are in God’s will, He will take us to our heart’s desire and fulfill our calling so we

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