Our relationships are supremely influential in our lives and determine our life outcomes to an enormous degree. The problem is, many times, we participate in relationships that aren’t necessarily healthy for us. The good news is that we can choose to build nourishing relationships with Jesus and others by focusing on and prioritizing them and being mindful of the influence they have on us.
If we constantly fill our bodies with empty calories we won’t be able to live healthy lives. The same is true with the quality of the influences we allow into our lives. But how do we know which influences are healthy and which are empty? It all comes down to asking the right questions.
We seem to live through the same unhealthy and unproductive cycles over and over. How can we make different choices that lead to better and healthier outcomes? The first step is changing our thinking.
We all think we know what will make us happy. We also think we know what will make everyone else happy… if they would only listen or see the truth. Unfortunately this attitude often creates more conflict than happiness. Maybe happiness doesn’t come from fighting for our own happiness.
The things we hope will make us happy seem to only work for so long. But Jesus promised us a happiness that would never run dry. How can we experience this true, lasting happiness when it seems like the world is falling apart?!