3 relationships you need to be investing in
We all know how important friendships are, yet they take a lot of work to make them work. Investing in relationships is ultimately something we need to be really intentional about because with our busy lives, they just don’t happen on their own. We need to invest in relationships, with a number of different people:
Mentor. Someone who you’re learning and growing from. We all have something to learn and we need someone who is further than us in their relationship with God, career, marriage, children, etc. to learn from, be inspired by, ask questions of, and seek the wisdom of. Proverbs 15:22 says, Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Investing in a relationship with a mentor pays in many ways. They say the fastest way between where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow is a father. Paul the Apostle wrote the Corinthians saying they had many teachers, but not many fathers. Take the time to humble yourself and come underneath a mentor/father/mother in the faith who you can serve, learn from, and hang around, it’s a relationship you need to invest in.
Peer. Someone who is a peer to you, at the same place in life as you. You weren’t meant to do life alone, so finding a peer, someone who is approximately at the same stage of life as you, someone you can share the joys and pains of life with will help you stay encouraged, engaged, and accountable. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Relationships sharpen us, provide an opportunity to grow, and challenge one another to go further and become all God has created you to be.
Disciples. Someone who you are investing in and discipling. When Jesus commanded his disciples to make more disciples, it was a command, not a suggestion. So we need to be making disciples, investing in people, sharing our faith and leading others to a closer relationship to Christ. Many times we feel unqualified to help others, but the truth is, you don’t know what God has placed on the inside of you until you have an outlet to give. Just as a river grows stale if the water is not moving, so you need an outlet for what God has already placed on the inside of you. So ask God to bring you someone that you can invest in, share your life with, and serve to grow closer to God.
These are just a few of the relationships we need to be intentional about developing. Would love to hear your thoughts on how this has worked/hasn’t worked for you and what successes/challenges you may have faced.