Relationship is key in life! Man is a social being and cannot afford to be an island.
There is a time in your life when you’re DEPENDENT i.e. when you are a baby…..you depend on your mother for a living.
There is a time you’re INDEPENDENT i.e. when you’re an adult and you feel you can get things done on your own.
There is another phase, which is INTERDEPENDENCE i.e. in this phase you relate with others to get things done mutually. Have you ever thought about this…all words that ends with SHIP are all about relating with one another? SHIPs are meant to take you from one location to another preferred location, so also any relationship you are in.
Relationship can make or mar your life! In life, you will meet all kinds of people! So many will cross your path as you course through the journey called life. There are some people who will be pillars in your life and others who will be caterpillars. In my journey, I have met people at school, work, and church and so on. I have met many who are ministers, many believers, many business men, many ‘normal’ people and many sinners. I cannot say that I have a relationship with all of them but I can tell you that I have learnt a lot from meeting all of these people. There are people in my life that have been there for many years and I have a lot of time for them (Distance is not a barrier in reaching such ones). There are others that I do not have time for them and will not make time for them.
There are those who have died and I wished they were still alive because of the friendship, mentorship, leadership, partnership, loyalty and impact they had upon my life. There are some that have crossed my path that I enjoy my relationship with them to this day and others who have crossed my path that it would not bother me if I don’t ever see them again. That does not mean that I do not love them, it simply means I do not like what they have done. It means, ‘I forgave you, I have no animosity towards you, I will greet you when I see you but I will not put myself again in a place where you deliberately broke the trust.’ There are some that I have crossed their paths – some love me – some hate me while some are indifferent, there is nothing I can do about it to change it. It’s part of life, so we move on. Here are the D’’s that I have discovered in some relationships and the realities will ring true for you too.
D1 – Relationship that will DELIVER you. It took a Moses to bring deliverance to Israel, a David to kill Goliath and a Barnabas to extend fellowship to Paul.
D2 – Relationship that will DRAIN you. It took a Delilah to drain Samson and a Jezebel to drain Elijah.
D3 – Relationship that will DESTROY you. Saul was bent on killing David and Delilah paved the way for the destruction of Samson.
D4 – Relationship that will DECODE your gift. Timothy and Titus came to prominence in their gifting through their association with Paul.
D5 – Relationship that will DELIGHT you. David and Jonathan’s heart were knitted. Ruth was close to Naomi.
D6 – Relationship that will DEPLOY you. Four hundred distressed, discontented and in debt men were turned to David’s mighty men.
D7 – Relationship that will DOMINATE you. Jezebel dominated Ahab. The ten negative spies dominated Israel with their negative report.
D8 – Relationship that will DISILLUSION you. David and Milcah his wife.
D9 – Relationship that will DESERT you. Demas with Paul. Barnabas and Paul. John Mark with Paul
D10 – Relationship that will DETEST you. The religious leaders and crowd with Jesus.
In which relationship are you now?I will love to hear from you!
Remember God gave JESUS (Son of God) to be a mediator between God and Man, so that we can have a relationship with God. This same JESUS (Son of Man) stands in between us all so we could love and relate with one another because ultimately man is selfish in nature. HIS LOVE keeps the relationship with GOD and MAN (Vertical) and MAN to MAN (Horizontal) intact always!