The Position of the Human Condition
It's cause and effect, it’s Hot or Cold, it’s on or off. In life, we have to pay attention to the reflection in the mirror. It’s in relationships that we learn the most about ourselves. We think we are a good friend. We tell ourselves and others we have changed! We would all say we are honest
and generous people. Then, before we pat ourselves on the back and tell ourselves we are outstanding people, we interact with others.
In the school of relationships, all of our words get put to the test. A genuine test of how great of a friend we are is not determined by a mass number of friend requests or followers on Facebook or Twitter. It's determined by the depth and richness of your inner self.
It’s doing what you don't want to do for the other person because they need your help. It's knowing the other person can never repay you are the bigger person in every scenario possible. It’s giving the people closest to you the freedom to tell you how they see you in the areas that are your blind spot without punishing them for their honesty or holding them hostage with childish misplaced anger. What do you say when someone is wearing an ugly dress and they request your opinion?
You might say you love their outfit even though you know you hate it. You don't want to hurt their feelings, so you leave that to a total stranger because you’re an honest friend. Sure, you may give away your time and all the things you don't want or need but do you do it even if it is an inconvenience to you? Remember life is about living, and loving people with our actions. If life were a game its winner would receive peace (fulfillment), and the loser would receive a piece of some thing,they are not the same.
Read Chapter 12: John 12:25-26King James Version (KJV)
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serves me, he will continue to my Father honor.