As our lives grow busier and busier, we can become too
focused on our role inside the workplace and not focused enough on our role outside
the workplace. If we are not careful, our 9 to 5 job becomes our 24-hour
obsession, leaving little time for our friendships.
The Spiritual Call for Relationships
To achieve a balanced life, we must recognize that our relationships
should not suffer because of our career. In Matthew 22:37-39, God commanded us
to love the Lord with our whole being and love our neighbors as ourselves. This
command reveals to us an image of a flourishing life. When living as God
envisioned, we are actively nurturing our relationship with God and others.
The Physical Need for Relationships
Relationships also benefit us from a physical health perspective.
When we neglect relationships, our physical health suffers. People who are
socially isolated are as likely as smokers to suffer illness and premature
death. In part, this may be due to the increased levels of anxiety and stress. According
to the American Institute for stress, “Strong social support is a powerful
stress buster.” Wholesome community reduces the heart’s sensitivity to stress, improving
our ability to relax.
God designed us to lean on one another for strength—to thrive on love and community. This week, think about the relationships that God has blessed you with. Ask God what He wants you to do to strengthen these relationships in the coming days.
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