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Long Term Relationships

“Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.”

– Matthew 6:7

There is nothing more valuable than building a network of people who will transform your life. When you are there for them, they will be there for you as well. As a result of showing up to life, you receive this benefit as well. Be there for someone who’s hurting, and take advantage of the opportunity to show up for a challenge. Visiting a church and connecting through fellowship, or even showing up for prayer or sharing your faith with another, shouldn’t be overlooked. 

The second advantage, and perhaps the most significant, is the treasure of long-term relationships with enduring individuals. As time passes, you gain a deeper understanding of the people in your life, distinguishing the genuine from the superficial, the allies from those who may require some distance. The more you embody the spirit of showing up, the more you attract individuals who will also show up in your life. With each passing year, I recognize the profound value of friendships, particularly those with individuals who consistently show up for one another. 

Friend, dreams cannot be realized without the support of others, nor should they be. Consider this, with Jesus, He always sent out the disciples in pairs. In some cases, Jesus would send them out without food, sandals, a jacket, or even a weapon. However, no matter the circumstances, He would never leave them alone. We can learn something from this: Their only need was a partner or someone with whom to do life together. Whenever you want to accomplish something, it will be impossible to do it completely on your own. No matter what your dream is, ask God to surround and connect you with people who are also pursuing their dreams! 

Prayer


Father, surround me with like-minded people who are striving to achieve their dreams.

Reflection


In what ways do you value your friendships, particularly those who consistently show up for you?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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