Sharing, it seems to become a natural part of being in a relationship with someone on a long-term basis. Why is it so essentially a part of our relationship with God? My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
One of the many benefits of marriage I’ve found is the aspect of sharing. Not that sharing was foreign to me prior to meeting Holly, but it did possess a different dynamic altogether. Prior to marriage I lived with college roommates for a number of years. They became good friends and to this day several remain so. However, as with most friends that you see once or twice a year, the aspect of sharing is no longer a driving force of the relationship. I just don’t see them enough. However, I see Holly every day of my life. Sharing is not only easy, it’s an essential dynamic of dwelling comfortably with a lifetime partner. After nearly four decades of marriage there’s little in life I don’t share with Holly. It’s become a habit. If I have an idea, I “bounce it off” her. If I am curious, I “tap into” her curiosity as well. Whatever emotion or thought process that develops in me, my first inclination is to search out Holly and share it face to face. “I wonder what she feels or thinks–how she might react?” This is where my mind dwells when I’m looking for answers on a daily basis. Friends often come and go, but Holly comes with the day and seldom leaves.
Sharing, it seems to become a natural part of being in a relationship with someone on a long-term basis. Why is it so essential? Even more importantly, why is it so essentially a part of our relationship with God?
Here’s a story. In its January 25, l988 issue, TIME Magazine provided an insight on selfishness and its corollary, sharing. Speaking about the introduction of the videocassette recorder, the article said, “The company had made a crucial mistake. While at first Sony kept its Beta technology mostly to itself, JVC, the Japanese inventor of the VHS (format), shared its secret with a raft of other firms. As a result, the market was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the VHS machines being produced.” This drastically undercut Sony’s market share. The first year, Sony lost 40 percent of the market, and by 1987 it controlled only 10 percent. Even in a cut-throat business, sharing has its rewards. (Phillip Gunter.)
Sharing does indeed have its rewards. As Sony so famously found out it isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. The dynamic is very similar with marriage. To live in harmony with Holly or her with me, sharing is as essential as loving. In fact it is one of the best ways to demonstrate love. With God it’s no different. His relationship with us is predicated upon sharing. As you and I face the daily challenges of living the godly life in Christ, we need to appreciate the fact that without a face-to-face sharing with God on a daily basis, our market share with God will be strained to the point of loss. It is our daily task to serve our God with all we’ve got. That means we need to be prepared to tackle this task in the face of standing alone, perhaps even without a spouse. God is that one constant in life that we can count on no matter what. He is and promised to be always present in our life and he challenges us to go face-to-face with him daily. Got a question about life? How about a desperate need that seems impossible to meet? These merit face-to-face encounters with our Mighty God. His light is always bright and he never turns it off. The light of friendships, even marriage, will fade with time, but not the light of God’s grace. Friends do come and go in life; in fact spouses come and go. God, on the other hand, comes with the day and never leaves. This is the way that God makes a relationship with him perfect beyond all others.
We pray. Thank you Lord for giving each of us the opportunity to know you personally and intimately in a sharing relationship unlike any we know in this life. Forgive us Lord when we do not seek your face, the light of your grace, often and humbly. We lose friends, even spouses in this life, but your love is kindled new and fresh every day. Thank you for coming new to us with the day; never leave or forsake us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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