A Day at a Time: In a Relationship
By Scott Harrup
Feb. 10, 2013
If you’re setting up a Facebook page, you have an array of clickable options to describe your life, of which the “relationship status” alone offers 11 succinct categories. The second item in that list probably appeals to many users because of its flexibility — “In a relationship.”
“In a relationship” hints at a developing bond between the person creating the profile and some “significant other.” “Wedding bells aren’t necessarily ringing anytime soon,” the status says. “But take notice, we’re looking toward the future.”
In other respects, however, the description is superfluous. Is “Not in a relationship” really possible?
The sum total of our relationships exerts enormous influence on who we are. From parents to siblings to friends to acquaintances, and even to complete strangers, we move through life interacting with others and growing into our identities through those connections.
Each Valentine’s Day, the world seems to revolve around romantic relationships. I enjoy celebrating my marriage to Jodie with traditional gifts of flowers, candy and a card. And yet, Valentine’s Day can feel exclusive. For some it can bring painful reminders of lost relationships or one currently in decline.
Dennis Franck’s article this week invites us to value all of the people God has brought into our lives. Shirley Gould describes a health crisis she and her husband, J.R., faced with the prayerful support of many friends.
As you read this issue, take stock of your own relationships. I hope that among them you can include the one that gives life to all others. You’ll find that focus in Vic Schober’s article, “Exclusively His.”
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11, NIV).
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1,2).
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