|As we look at the life of Jesus, we can see that He cared about people and truly valued relationships. These are virtues we can glean from His example. We learn from Jesus that by valuing relationships, we can reap the rewards of a good life for many years to come. It’s important to value our relationships because they are one of our greatest assets. As Jesus taught us, He goes after the one person who has wandered away from Him in order to show His loving care. He emphasizes in John 15 that He loves us, and are now called His friends because of our connection with Him.
I read that women are more likely to value relationships, and that men are more likely to value objects, such as cars. Not all men are the same, but they sometimes objectify their relationships. Whereas women often “relationship-ize” objects. When my daughter was six-year-old, I remember her heartbreak at being told that we sold our Toyota 4Runner. According to her, it was a member of our family! “It was a lump of metal,” I said. This was an interesting observation.
Friend, you have the privilege of acknowledging that no matter how you understand or experience relationships, you have the opportunity to follow Jesus’ example as well as His teaching. Ultimately, what is the point of a good life? The purpose of a good life is to have deep meaningful relationships. There is more to crossing the finish line than simply crossing it alone, it is about crossing it with people you love and people who love you. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can value relationships and finish well together!