Relationships have been on my mind lately — partly due to my experiences over the past few months – trying to adapt to my new environment as part student/part adult professional/part New York City dweller (more on that later) – and also partly due to a very deep and ongoing Summer sermon series at Forefront called Ancestry, ‘exploring our past and shaping our future’.
Over the past couple of weeks my friend, Brian Moll, who’s the lead pastor at FF, has started this series by delving into intimacy and relationships (among other topics) pulling context from the Old Testament and relating to and incorporating teachings from the New Testament.
While a lot of profound of thoughts have been presented and I’d encourage you to head over to the church’s website and checkout the vod/podcasts, I’ve had a lot of thoughts swirly around my head in regards to my own relational condition.
The one thought that keeps coming up but that I keep fighting is that I don’t have this thing (meaning relationships) figured out and never will. Deep down, there is a part of me that wants to master friendship and perfect the art form of relationships and I see this as a black and white situation rather than in shades of gray that it really is. At the end of the day I’m yet a novice in the world of friendships and relationships, continually learning and honing.
I’m at a place where I’m having to (painfully) admit this to myself.
You may wonder why I’m sharing this with you. Often times, I think all of us, either in practicality or in our spirituality, at one time or another think we’ve mastered a skill or honed an ability to the point and we forget to take care of it and keep it tuned.
I’ve come a long way from my early college days – six years ago – of being jokingly called an ‘anti-social butterfly’ but just because I’ve made great leaps and bounds (in my opinion) shouldn’t mean that I should want to accept the status quo and say that there aren’t areas of my social fiber I wouldn’t like to change.
I believe that while we can never master the friendships or relationships in our life it doesn’t mean we should stop trying. Not everything will work to your or my advantage but the human condition provide an infinite opportunity for improving one’s personal and relational life. This is something I’ve realized I need to take advantage more of in my own life.