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Jan 4, 2009

Landis At A Campout - Happiness and Relationships

Here's Landis last night in a living room campout with the Meeks children their dog, Ranger.

Quick... define happiness... what immediately comes to mind?

Is it money? "Stuff"? Getting to do what you want when you want? I dare you to define true happiness outside of RELATIONSHIP.

You can't take money with you... you can't take power, leisure or all your stuff. The only thing that lasts, the only the thing that transfers into eternity is RELATIONSHIP, first and foremost your relationship with God (or absence of it).

Above is a picture from last night when Landis was at our friends house, the Meeks. This is happiness. This is what matters. No, not just a cute, sentimental "kid pic"... but what it represents: two families who love each other, two families who trust each other with their children, two families who love and help each other, and share, and bless... RELATIONSHIP.

This picture encapsulates love, life, blessing, happiness and eternity. Do you have the eyes to see it?

We are blessed to have several families who we have this kind of relationship with. How about you? No? Are you BEING a friend to anyone? Or just waiting for others to befriend you? Are YOU extending relationship to others, or waiting for someone to act first?

RELATIONSHIP involves TWO but begins with us individually... be a friend first, invest your life first, give to others first. That's how you build relationships.

RELATIONSHIPS are the only thing we take into eternity. Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite relationships, or even the one you wish you had. It will encourage those who need some new meaningful relationships in their life.
Landis having a relationship with a
plate of Lasagna at the Meeks house.

9 comments:

Vanessa said...

I have always valued the relationships I have with my family and those true friends who are so hard to find in this cruel world today!!
May you have many more new relationships develop in time!!

Ferrick said...

Rejoicing with you that you are all home and not in the hospital! Praying for all of you as always and believing God for His promise of healing. Thankful for the relationship of blogging friends...truly a blessing.

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

What a wonderful post! My favorite relationships consist of my family. My family is always there, no matter how mad we may get at each other. When I got divorced, they were all there to help support me. They still are. My sister babysits for me while I work. My closest friend at work is also a Godsend. Although she is 20 years younger than me, we have so much in common. She has a great head on her shoulders. We spend time together outside of work going out to lunch or dinner. They have us over to play video games with my kids and spend quality time together. My blog is loaded with the love of my family.

Michelle said...

I am thankful for a relationship that developed from a "stranger" listening to God's voice and approaching me about being a prayer partner for me, during my husbands first deployment to Iraq. It's hard to explain, but this person approached me out of the blue and asked if she could call me. She followed up on that and called,that began a wonderful relationship built on prayer. She called every night and we prayed together-mostly she prayed for me and listened to my concerns and the desires of my heart. She is without a doubt one of the most ispirational people in my life. The relationship devleoped into a friendship and her family reached out to mine on many occasions. We are now separated by many miles but our relationship continues. It is she who brought me to know you and your precious family. Once again she has taught me invaluable lessons about serving our God and others.

Nikki said...

I really enjoyed this post because it is SO true and something I learned on my first volunteer trip in the DR. For me, aside from close family and friends, my most important relationships are with kids I met when I was volunteering abroad. A little angel who attends a school I helped build in the DR... my sponsor child in Ethiopia who I will be meeting in one month. And now, a little 3 year old boy whose family just came as refugees from Haiti.. he has stolen my heart!!

Alicia said...

My husband (a Navy reservist) was deployed to Iraq 4 months after we returned from Guatemala with our son. It was a hard time, in which our burden was lightened by a wonderful couple. They cried with me when he left and called, visited and invited us to their house for dinner frequently. I never realized that they loved us so much...silly me. Jacob views them as "grandparents". Our love for each other has grown tremendously since.

free_to_dream said...

I will start praying for your Abby tonight...I'm Jewish and in our congregation we have a group prayer for those who are sick...but it involves saying names out loud, and I don't want to break privacy without oyur permission. Let me know if this is OK.

Also, in case you want a diversion, here is the link to my blog:

teenagelifewithpain.blogspot.com

Pam said...

I've given you an award over at my blog... no one else makes lemonade out of lemons like you guys... much love and prayers...

Hauswife said...

Yes, you are so right! Relationships are very, very important! I know for me they have been my greatest joys. Thanks for this.

(I'm just now getting caught up on leaving comments on blogs. We're still praying for your family and Abby especially every day!)