A thought by Rick Warren, (2012-10-23) from his book, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? (pp. 159-160). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
1 Corinthians 14: 1a (LB) in the Bible says, “Let love be your greatest aim.” Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 13: 3 (MSG), “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” It is so very important.
Rick said, “Often we act as if relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedule. We talk about finding time for our children or making time for people in our lives. That gives the impression that relationships are just a part of our lives along with many other tasks. But God says relationships are what life is all about.”
I know that many people come to the later years of their life and then realize that they have built their lives on the wrong priorities. And this is a great reminder to us to make our relationships a greater priority in our lives.
Rick also says, “Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life. So why do we allow our relationships to get the short end of the stick? When our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy, and attention that loving relationships require. What’s most important to God is displaced by what’s urgent. Busyness is a great enemy of relationships.”
Oh I know how much time it takes to provide for our family. Yes they need a place to sleep, they need food to eat but they also need love to survive and love is what will last.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13: 13 (NCV), “These three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
So who is it that you need to spend more time with?