You: A Source of Love
Well-being is sometimes derived from those around us. When relationships are strong, problems are minimal, and people are well, we experience great joy. Similarly, when people in our lives are not well or relationships are strained we may feel terrible. We have been created as social creatures. We were not meant to live alone. This is why much of how we feel is based off the people in our lives.
When someone we love is in pain we may feel hurt with them. Can you relate to this? Have you ever been around someone when they find out terrible news? Have you ever been the person someone has confided in? If so, you will know this can be extremely difficult. We may feel as if the struggle is ours. This type of reaction is called empathy. This is healthy, but certainly not easy.
There is no single solution to these difficult situations. In fact, hurt and pain are simply part of being a human being. Empathy is definitely one of the most powerful ways to help those around us cope with the struggles they are dealing with. You are helping the other person feel understood and not alone. However, when feeling empathetic we need to ensure we maintain our own feelings as well.
Perhaps the person you are helping is looking to you as a source of joy. Maybe we can be the ones to bring the happiness back into their life. In situations in which the people in our lives are hurting, we have a unique opportunity to be a source of strength.
How can we be a source of strength if we are dependent upon relationships for our well-being? That is a perfectly valid concern. It actually seems like a catch twenty-two. If those around us are struggling, but we need these relationships for our own well-being, then how do we get that joy? One way is through a relationship with the One who created us, God.
God created us to have a relationship with him the same way we have one with anyone else in our lives. He desires for us to talk with him. He wants us to share our struggles and successes. He wants to be involved in our lives. Once we begin to develop this relationship we will find that it is an endless source of joy, inspiration, and love. Unlike any other relationship we have, the one we have with God will be one-hundred percent satisfying. Philippians 4:19 states “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (New Living Translation) This is a promise.
Fortunately the joy we get from our relationship with God can be delivered to the other relationships in our lives. God has the ability to supply everyone with an endless supply of all they need . In essence, through our relationship with God, we can be contributors to others well-being rather than receivers of theirs. Furthermore, this supply of strength won’t run dry. We can keep coming back for more. Matthew 7:7 says “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (New Living Translation). Having a healthy relationship with our creator is crucial to having healthy relationships with those around us. Next time someone in our lives is struggling we should strive to empathize, but also be a source of love, hope, and encouragement for them. We don’t want to offer the little love, hope, and joy we can produce. Rather, we want to offer them the bottomless love, hope, and joy from our God who loves us.
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