Prioritizing key relationships

Yesterday I said that life was unpredictable and short, and that all of us are one heartbeat away from meeting our Maker. (Not to be morbid, but it’s true!)

Because of that, getting right with God is our number 1 job. But today, I’d like to talk about something else along the same vein:

Prioritizing others.

We all know that relationships are important. But since life can be so hustle-bustle, it’s helpful to take a step back and remind ourselves about what’s what.

First, your family is important. When speaking to the young Timothy, the apostle Paul said that “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8, NIV).

Then in Galatians 6:10 he stressed the importance of “doing good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” There is a consistent thread through the Bible that when God’s people are obedient to him, the family of believers provide for each other.

But it doesn’t end there. Caring for others is an ever-expanding ripple in the Christian faith.

We see this in the story of the Good Samaritan where Christ teaches us that we’re to show mercy to our neighbours—who are essentially anyone in need.

In light of all this, we’re to prioritize our families, our church, and organize our lives so that we’re available to show mercy to others, even if they’re strangers, and even if they look or believe differently than we do.

Is this a tall order? Yes. Are many people too busy to live it out? Yes. But is it also wisdom for living well? Yes it is.

Tom Landry was a famous NFL football coach. Someone once asked him how he could be so calm under pressure. He said, “Well, I have my priorities in order. First, God. Second, my wife. Third, my kids. Fourth, football. So if I lose on Sunday I’ve got a lot left over. There’s a lot of people who, if they lose on Sunday, don’t have anything left over.”

Don’t let life zoom by without prioritizing key relationships. It’s not always easy. But you’ll sleep better at night.

Author Henry Cloud says this: “At our very core we are relational beings… The soul cannot prosper without being connected to others.”

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Here’s my latest blog: “The difference between over-protecting your child—and simply parenting them.You can check it out here. Enjoy!


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