Loving relationships are local, not global. We love and serve those that God places in our sphere of influence.   

“And Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves do you have?’ They said, ‘Seven, and a few small fish.’”

Loving relationships are costly, not cheap. True, they can cost us financially, but they will always demand our time, energy, and attention.

Loving relationships require the ordinary, not extraordinary. God does not ask us to invest what we do not possess, but rather asks us to simply give what we have.
 
“He took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.”

Loving relationships are collaborative, not unilateral. We give what we are able, and Christ works through us to accomplish the rest.

“And they all ate and were satisfied.”

Loving relationships fulfill me, not others. It’s true that those I serve will be fulfilled through their experience with Christ, but in this Gospel event, undoubtedly none were more “satisfied” than the disciples. We give and serve, not for what others gain through us, but for what we gain through Christ.

by Bryan Holloman.

Bryan is serving at JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Washington.  Bryan and his wife Debra, both have backgrounds in public education as special education teachers.  Bryan's heart is to reach military teens for Christ.  Bryan and Debra have four children.

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