So a few days ago I posted about my struggles with my morning drive to work and the subsequent solution to my problem. Now that I am having an extended quiet time as I drive to work listening to positive people discuss positive things I must say that not only is my attitude better but I am learning a ton.
I totally agree that Smartphones can be so very annoying in that they seem to be all up in our business based on things we search and apps we use. Of course, YouTube does the same thing and posts in your feed videos that are similar to those you’ve watched and searched for. My go to morning inspiration person from YouTube is Pastor John Gray. Every now and again when I want to switch it up a bit I listen to Joyce Meyer or Priscilla Shirer.
Then last week as I was scrolling through YouTube looking for a new message for the day I came across this Pastor named Michael Todd of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Man, have I been encouraged on my drive this week! When I began listening to Pastor Todd he was beginning an eight week series on what he titled Relationship Goals.
In this series he talks about all aspects of relationships; friendships, dating, engagement and marriage relationships. I have learned so much from this series. I am currently on Part Five and plan to finish the series and maybe even listen to more from him later on. I think the most important thing I have taken away from this series so far is that relationships of any kind will only work best when God is in the middle.
I can definitely see how that can be true. From personal experience, I notice that the more I grow in my relationship with God the more I feel disconnected from the relationships/friendships I have with others who do not have a personal relationship with God. I’m growing and changing in a way that is different from theirs. Of course I’m not saying that I am in anyway better and they are less, it’s just different.
The more I learn about God and myself, the more I want to do better. It’s kind of hard to grow and do better in relationships with those that don’t hold you accountable or encourage you to to better. When those around you don’t grow in away that promotes the best of God it can be difficult to maintain a positive and successful relationship with them. If they are still hanging out in the same places, using the same language, behaving in the same way you both did before you decided to build a relationship with God, then it stands to serve that your relationship with them will not be the same.
I know that I am much different now than I was prior to my relationship with God. I still have some of the same friends however the friendships are different. I have to set boundaries not only for myself but for them as well. However, those friendships that attempted to hinder my relationship with God had to be severed. I still love them and wish them the best but my relationship with God was much more important.