Each season of the year brings opportunities to connect with family members and friends. Vacations, holidays, or simply day-to-day activities and weekends allow us to enjoy time with those close to us. Strong, healthy relationships allow trust to flourish, and trusting relationships create a climate that allows influence to grow. Like Jesus did with His friends and disciples, take advantage of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Relax together. Value one another. Talk, laugh, listen, encourage, and build one another up.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.—Philemon 1:7
Prayer: Lord, thank You for friends who encourage our hearts and bring us joy. As we have opportunity, let us build into the lives of others and allow them to refresh our hearts, also. May trust and Christ-like influence grow between us, we ask in Jesus’ name, amen.