Difficult relationships don’t just happen to our kids! In fact, any relationship that is worth investing in will have difficulties at one time or another. Mother and daughter. Father and son. Wife and husband. Friend to friend. It takes time, energy and emotion to work things out. As I look at our culture, I wonder if we are beginning to loose some of these skills as communicators. Have you ever experienced a disagreement over texting? (If not, I’m guessing you don’t have a teen in your home!). Have you ever tried to clear up a misunderstanding through email? It just doesn’t work like it should. There is no voice inflection, no facial expression. Many times things just get more misunderstood!
I’ve seen first hand in my life what happens when we begin to loose these precious connections to those we love. First it can begin as just plain old busyness. You are going one way; the one you love is going the other. You are not intentionally avoiding each other; nor are you intentional about spending time together. Then something goes wrong and some fight occurs. Since there has been any time invested with each other, when you go to make a “withdraw” on that relationship (ask for forgiveness), there is nothing there! Too much spending and not enough investing leaves the relationship bankrupt. For me, the repair is costing so much more than the investment would have!
One relationship that I have personally enjoyed investing is in the relationship with my daughters. In fact, I have developed a teaching on that and today, I am having a give away! I’m giving away my teaching cd “Building a Bridge: Your Heart to Your Daughters”. All you have to do to be in the drawing is comment below on this question: Have you been at this place, too, in a relationship that is precious to you, a place where you need to invest and not withdraw? What are you doing in your relationships to help them to grow?
It’s easy. Just click “comment” below and share your thoughts with us. Please be sure that you have a blogger name or your email address so I can be sure and let you know that you have won!