As we start another school year we are going to be looking at relationships, and the key characteristics that are important within relationships. School life is full of relationships, and it is all of those relationships that we are going to be considering. Christianity is based upon relationship, as we see the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; we are also able to have a relationship with God, and the Church is full of relationships as well – lots of examples!!!!! So let’s get started.
The first characteristic of relationships that we are going to be looking at is friendliness. Quite often when we think about relationships we may think about those who are close to us, maybe our family, or our close group of friends. However, our thought for the week challenges that, it comes from Joyce Meyer who says
Every day can be exciting if we see ourselves as God’s secret agents, waiting to sprinkle a little salt on all the lives we encounter
We have many relationships, essentially anyone that we come into contact with throughout our day, friendliness is something that we can pass on to all of those people that we come across. Stop… think about it now… who will you come across in your day. When I was looking into friendliness I found a quote which differentiated between friendship and friendliness. Friendship is something that we build up with particular people, whereas friendship is something known as a virtue. A virtue is a characteristic, something that we can show to anyone. A virtue is something that helps us to flourish as a person, and we develop these characteristics through practice. The best way to practice is to do it. So… how can we be friendly?
From what Joyce Meyer says we sprinkle a little salt. What does that mean? She is referring to when Jesus spoke about being Salt and Light – very simply being and showing God to the world. Why do we add salt to food? Salt preserves things but it also adds flavour. You don’t need much salt, but just a little makes all the difference. How do we add a sprinkle of salt on the lives we encounter? Say hello, smile, open a door, share some food, say thank you.
God created the world, became human, died on the cross, and rose again so that we can be forgiven and live in relationship with him. That was one almighty act of love, and we can respond to that love, and demonstrate that love in small ways in our everyday lives.
It doesn’t need to be much, but the more you do it, the more it will become like a habit. You won’t think about it, but one of your virtues, your characteristics, will be friendliness. You will be known as someone who adds a bit of flavour to the world. IMAGINE if everyone just added a little bit of flavour to the world… I’ll leave you with that thought!
Challenge: Actively try to ‘add a bit of salt to the world’ every day for one week.
Prayer: Father God, we thank you that you taught us to be salt and light to the world. Help us to show your love to the world in the small actions of our lives. Amen.