So many people believe that the value of a relationship is based on how easy it is to have. But in all honesty, you can measure the value of a relationship by the level of discomfort you are willing to engage to make that relationship the best it can possibly be. In other words. The absence of tension and conflict is not the indicating mark of a healthy relationship.
The most productive and fulfilling relationships have one thing in common:
They require us to navigate difficult conversations while making adjustments along the way to make it the best it can be.
Listen, relationships are what they are because they experience hardship not because hardship never rears its head.
Jesus modeled this when he asked Peter not once, not twice, but three times:
“Do you love me?”. If Peter was going to be the lead hitter on opening day of Pentecost, he had to be weighed and measured first. Jesus valued Peter enough to speak acutely to his pain and disappointment. In return Peter leaned into the discomfort, which resulted in him leading the charge to change the world.
Think about it, that relationship has impacted countless people through countless generations for one reason. They didn’t quit on the relationship because it got hard. They leaned into it.
So I want to leave you with these questions:
– Do you value the key relationships in your life enough to engage extreme discomfort to keep them in correct alignment?
– Can you sacrifice the idea that great relationships are based on ease?
God is waiting to use your willingness to engage in a relationship like this to echo Christ to the world?