Relationships: the way in which two people are connected…
Here’s what YOUR Bible is telling you and I about “relationships”:
You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. [Exo 34:14 NLT]
"Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God." [Luk 12:21 NLT]
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. [Rom 5:11 NLT]
God LOVES relationship with us so much so, that He gave His only SON as a sacrifice so that we COULD have one with Him. Let that sink in for a while…. WOW! What an amazing gift. No matter what we’ve done or how we have ignored the offer…it’s always there!
BBQ Competitions have their own rhythm and flow from arrival to departure. After 130 of them, The pattern is consistent. Arrival and setting up is fun filled with excitement for the contest and learning who your neighbors will be, and who will be competing for you to visit with. We are greeted by organizers and Contest officials, we get instructions and schedules, meat gets inspected, Cooks meeting, Friday night socializing, Saturday morning cooks church, Game ON- Time to cook, turn in, break down, awards, tears (joy and anguish) J, Good-byes and head for home.
What I realized is how valuable the whole experience of a contest is for creating and nurturing relationships. In our busy-busy hurry-up world, we all have so much going on, that taking 10 minutes to visit with someone is unusual. And the reality is that relationships are emotional support fuel for our lives. That may be why we have all migrated to Facebook and twitter to engage in relationships. We can take 30 minutes to check-in and see what our world of friends are up to and scroll through hundreds of “relationships”.
The BBQ contest brings our world to a halt for a couple days. The opportunity to sit down, and spend time with people we care about is laid out for us like a precious gift. This holds true for making new friends as well. In Jackson TN, I cooked next to Ray, Audra, Wade, Reagan and Riley, a really cool family from Ohio. Through the course of the weekend, we sat and talked, shared stories and cheered each other on. I can’t think of a situation that would present such a great opportunity to make friends like a BBQ contest.
And to think that our God, the one and only true God the Father, WANTS and DESIRES a relationship with you and I is just incredible. I can tell you, from my experience with God, that making time to spend with Him every day has impacted my life more than words can say. I experience His comfort and peace that can only come from God, regardless of what Life is throwing my way. Reading His word, praying and rejoicing in what He does for me everyday is a perfect relationship
God wants a relationship with YOU, and no matter what you’ve done, where you’ve fallen off the tracks, He is there with open arms waiting, and wanting, to hold you close to His heart. Give it to God, your whole heart… What are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)