Life is short! All of us have a limited time to live a remarkable life. Some people live for days, years, decades – and with a stroke of mercy from GOD, a few might live for a century – but nobody lives here forever. That’s why; we have to take the time to give the best we have to offer to all of our relationships… because without any advance notice, things can change.
Sudden change can affect every facet of our lives… and rock us to your knees. We can’t always prepare for it… even when we think we are fully prepared. However, what we can do is take a close-up look at life… and everything around us that matters most, and figure out if there are things we can change that will help increase the value of our family, social and work relationships.
People change! That’s a fact we have to live with every single day of our lives. Every day we have to put up with changes with:
- Life in general
- Our relationships
- Family situations
… and all of those things impact what we want and need. Since change is inevitable, welcoming it as an opportunity to enhance our relationships… works better than trying to keep it from happening.
To help cope with change… keep this insightful advice from the Bible in mind when conflicting situations seem to drive a wedge between you and others: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.”
It’s easy to blame problems on things in our modern world. But, if you are focused on finding ways to build great relationships, it’s important to:
Build – Build a foundation of appreciation and respect. Focus on all the considerate things people have to say. It’s good, too, to make a point of noticing even small opportunities to say “thank you”… rather than focusing on mistakes.
Explore – Explore other people’s interests so that you have a long list of things to enjoy with them when the time comes. Try new things together to expand mutual interests.
Establish – Establish a pattern of apologizing if you make a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings. Saying “I’m sorry” may be hard at the moment, but it goes a long way towards healing a rift in relationships.
When you approach your relationships from a support mindset rather than a self-centered attitude… people will also trust you more if they know you will take responsibility for your words and actions.