I firmly believe that God weeds through the relationships we encounter in our life. He weeds out those that He does not see fit into our God-given journey – some relationships are intended to be life lessons in that they exist for a season with a valid reason and lesson to learn from the relationship and some relationships are intended to be long-lasting, genuine, and filled with patience and love and understanding. What I’ve realized in my almost-31 years is that we must pray in the people who are part of our journey through long-lasting relationships and constantly pray out the seasonal relationships.
Friendship is referenced in Colossians 3:12-14 as Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
What I take away from Colossians 3:12-14 is that we should not take lightly those that have been God chosen and God placed in our life – friendships and relationships that are entwined and lined with compassionate hearts, kindness, humbleness and humility, and patience. We must love one another and do as to others as we would want done to us.
Over the past two years of my life, I’ve been invested in my own health and wellness business as a lifestyle coach. I help provide solutions for others’ goals and health and wellness journeys in order to truly fulfill my own. I have met so many incredible people. I have been inspired and encouraged and motivated by hundreds of individuals a part of this business, but few have found their way past a season of presence and into my long-lasting, trusted inner circle. My heart, my life, my being is God-guarded, you see. God has and is aligning the appropriate people in my life – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He sees things I cannot see. He knows things I do not know. He has far greater plans for my journey than I see and know now, and I trust him. I continue to pray out the seasonal people and I continue to pray in the permanent people. What I love about my relationship with God is that even when I tell him my concerns, He already knows.
What I’ve learned over the last two years in my business is that there are many false prophets that look and appear genuine – for a season. Those that have made way into my long-lasting, trusted inner circle are those relationships I do not take lightly. God hand-picked a handful of women, of whom I needed and of whom needed me. While this business was the outlet, the opportunity, and the foundation used to bring us together, our story, our journey is truly just beginning.
I’ve put two years behind me and the time has come that God has called on me. The Holy Spirit communicates to me and through me every day – for the first 30 years of my life, I was not obiedient, but I am now. God has my undivided attention and I prayfully seek his leadership. He assures me there are even more intricate relationships to sow and more people to help. My time and talent is needed in His house.
While “iron sharpens iron”, “one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Today, I am thankful for the hand-picked friendships I have been given.