When Laida Woo passed away this week it got me thinking about the importance of intentional relationships. Isaac intentionally brought his mum to NZ from the Philippines so that she could spend quality time with the family. Having honoured his mum in this way will definitely bring the family comfort at this sad time. The good memories will sustain them. When I think about some of the broken relationships in my own extended family I realise how time can go by without hard effort towards meaningful reconciliation and intentional relationships. It’s hard to reconcile relationships, especially if the rift was not your fault. However, if that person is suddenly taken away from us through death, we may live with a strong sense of guilt for many years because we did not choose the hard yards of reconciliation. Intentional relationships take time and effort and sometimes the road is winding. Repair of damaged relationships may not happen fully, but God calls us to a ministry of reconciliation (2 Co 5:18). If we do our part to help heal broken relationships and the other person chooses not to walk the journey then it is out of our hands, but at least we have tried. What intentional relationships could you work at this month? Perhaps your marriage has not had your needed attention lately. Maybe your aging parents could do with a visit. Are your kids craving one-on-one quality time? Is there a family member you haven’t spoken to for a while? Who in your life, if they were to pass away tomorrow would leave you with regrets? Maybe that’s the intentional relationship you need to work on today.
Bless you heaps,