Life can be frustrating, emotionally taxing, and difficult when there is no link between one’s priorities and action. It is especially problematic when the lack of connection rests on someone close to our hearts. It is as if the very people we depend on become part of the enemy’s arsenal. Nowhere is this more obvious than the day to day commitments we make as a routine part of being in relationships; husband to wife, parent to child and vice versa, even colleague to colleague. It is an inherent part of living to reach an understanding, committed or just loose agreement, on an action to follow. The link between normal expectations and human frailness and failure would seem obvious, yet the sting often catches even the strongest by surprise.
The news of the day is littered with examples of expectation unmet. It is as if we describe the motions to follow while allowing our words to represents the closest to thing to reality anyone will ever see. I hate empty rhetoric! I despise promises which are not kept. I wonder aloud about the integrity of those who say one thing and do another.
Meanwhile innocents sit in jail awaiting motions filled with truth. Meanwhile lonely hearts go without a hug. Meanwhile wounds from aggression, exploitation, and selfishness fester unattended. Each awaits a motion from someone involved.
We can know, act, and be involved. The offer to be part of a team engaged in the reality of life sits, waiting our response. “If you make yourselves at home with me [Jesus] and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.” (John 15.7) The opportunity is available to all. Key elements include compassion, mercy, and love. They never go out of style, are always biased to those in need, and with our gift of action begin a new life in the lives of those we touch.
Relationship motions are precious gifts filled with integrity, truth, and emotion. The world needs yours, and mine, right now.
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