60 Days to ... More Authentic Relationships

You've probably heard the phrase, "No man is an island." That's never been more true than in the context of our faith. God didn't create us to be loners. He created us to be interdependent, to need one another in order to fully understand and be blessed by him. So for a few moments each morning, meditate on that day's community building thought or prayer. Then try to keep it in your thoughts throughout the day, prayerfully asking God to help you apply what you've read and to mold you into a woman who seeks and develops authentic relationships.

Day 1

Pray:

Lord, help me to move against my natural tendency of putting myself before others. Help me to reach out when I most feel like turning inward and moving toward isolation. Give me a love for others that reflects your mission on earth. Amen.

Day 2

Act:

What would it take for you to connect with one new person this month? Decide on who that person would be and make a phone call or send an e-mail to encourage her.

Day 3

Watch:

Make the words of the old hymn, "Blest Be the Tie that Binds" your prayer.

Day 4

Consider:

"The body of Christ, especially in well-functioning, small, intimate groups, is the most healing body in the world; yet we do not treat it as such. We wouldn't think of relating to a medical doctor with the same reserve as we have in the healing body of Christ. Would we say to a doctor, "I have this unspoken illness"? Of course not! But we often use this term, unspoken request, in sharing our needs with the body. Would we try to deceive a doctor into thinking our hurt is nonexistent or in a different place than it actually is? Of course not! Would we say, "I am here for a friend—examine me and diagnose him"? Of course not! Yet we treat the church with such distrust and fear. We choose to hide."— Gayle D. Erwin (Servant Quarters)

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