A couple of weeks ago I preached a sermon about “Providential Relationships.” The idea was simple – God brings people into our lives who help mold and shape us. That sermon has generated a couple of good conversations and quite a bit of reflection.
Throughout my life I have had a few close relationships other than my wife. Sadly, I am not close to many of those people anymore. One of them died many years ago, one of them I lost contact with as our lives moved different directions, one I still have contact with although we are not close anymore. And on and on it goes. My wife and I have been together for 20 years and during that time I have had a few relationships with other men that I would call my friends. Some of those relationships go on in a different way and others are gone.
I say all of this to underline the fact that relationships have risks. People die. People leave. People change. We change. We move. Life is constantly evolving and so are our relationships. But I firmly believe that we need to continue forming relationships no matter what the future holds.
I am reminded of the song by Garth Brook entitled “The Dance.” There is this powerful line in the chorus, “I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.” Relationships involve risk, but the rewards are far greater than the risk.
So head out today and make a friend. It may not have a happy ending, but it may bring some good times. You never know.