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May 14, 2014, 10:27 AM

Relationships are a Work in Progress

There are those who enjoy the process of a thing and those who mostly strive for the end result. I am an end result kind of guy. I mow the grass, trim, edge, and plant in order that I may sit back at the end of the day and enjoy what I’ve accomplished. I endure the labor for the reward. However, there are those who really do enjoy the labor as much and sometimes more than the reward. In relationships, be they friendships or a marriage romance, it is important to realize that there really never is a finished product. We must learn to enjoy the journey with the goal of making it more meaningful as we go along.

          When we begin a relationship we have a perspective. It is new, fresh.  As we progress and our perspective changes we often experience difficulty, conflict. This is part of the journey. Difficulty and conflict are “opportunities” to deepen respect and faithfulness. If we seek to overcome these obstacles we experience the reward of a new fresh prospective which we can enjoy for a time. However, we must keep in mind that the relationship will always ebb and flow this way. Often as we are sitting back and relaxing, enjoying the scenery, we unconsciously neglect one another making it necessary to reorient ourselves. Financial hardships, busy schedules, health problems, etc. are also opportunities for growth in intimacy.

          Always remember, grass freshly cut will need to be mowed again.

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