I enjoy my family and my personal space.
I really like relaxing at home and just closing the door to the world. I like to turn on the television, have a nice glass of iced tea and let the evening go by without thinking. This type of relaxing works for me after having conversations, solving problems and dealing with the work-a-day stuff we all face.
But, in the realm of developing relationships with those who we live near it STINKS.
How can we get to know others when we close our curtains, shut the doors and absorb the television or computer for hours at a time? There are relationships that need to be built all around us. Each of us have been given a level of influence in our workplace and the places we live that can only be enhanced or grown by spending time with people outside of “expected” or “programmed” time together.
Inviting people into our personal lives is time-consuming, it can be energy draining for some people and it’s risky to be vulnerable in relationship.
But, developing relationships is also life-giving, exciting and worth while to our life. We were created to have relationships and influence with others. If we hide from these opportunities we are the ones who lose out on what we were created for in this life.
What new relationships are you building?
Who are the people you are investing time with each week a way from work?
Kyle Goen is Church Planter/Campus Pastor at LifePoint Church in Brussels, Belgium. For more, visit his website: http://kylegoen.com.