Ramifications of Relationship Glasses part I

When viewed through the lens of relationships, earth and her occupants take on an entirely different aura.  The relationship we cultivate with our self entails coming to know what our gifts and interests are, as well as realizing the areas we could use some improvement.  Our relationship with Heaven entails us bringing the uniqueness that we possess to the Savior and as we come to know Him, our ability to perpetuate goodness in our relationships with ourselves and others is enhanced.  It seems like often times we talk about trying to become like the Savior and I am party to that quest but I prefer to think of it as coming to know the Savior.  The natural outcome of sincerely knowing Him is a desire to be like Him as we experience His loving grace in our lives.  Instead of all of us seeking to become the same person, I think we’re all seeking to come to the same person and who we are with Him is the treasure we’ll begin to unearth.  It’s a simple difference but the shift is substantial because it removes competition from the endeavor.  We are no longer gauging our progress against someone else’s, we’re learning to see the beautiful mile-markers in our own journey to Him.  And as we are party to His grace, we will recognize more and more of the ways that He relates to us uniquely, as individuals.  With that growing foundation, we are then free to appreciate the beautiful aspects of His relationships with others without feeling threatened by them.  You may even decide to get yourself some rose-colored relationship glasses once you realize how much charity is flying around.

3 Comments on “Ramifications of Relationship Glasses part I

  1. “His loving grace in our lives. Instead of all of us seeking to become the same person, I think we’re all seeking to come to the same person and who we are with Him is the treasure we’ll begin to unearth. It’s a simple difference but the shift is substantial because it removes competition from the endeavor. We are no longer gauging our progress against someone else’s, We are no longer gauging our progress against someone else’s, we’re learning to see the beautiful mile-markers in our own journey to Him.”
    My favorite part…this phrase will help me LOOK for those moments or mile markers.
    L.M.

  2. Linds I love this and I think that is so wonderfully put. I was just thinking of this at institute the other day because in the New Testament The Lord says we are first to love Him and then the next part is love our fellow men as ourselves. I have always thought that so interesting that he says as ourselves and not like him or something and i think it goes along with what you are saying if you can allow me to stretch a bit…because I think loving Him is knowing Him because we don’t truly love Him until we understand who He is and what He can do for us….that automatically turns into us having a better relationship with and loving ourselves with His kind of love and so we are then able to truly love others because we know what His love is and we can then know what it is to practice His kind of love because we know it and feel it ourselves. Does that seem like it ties in at all? Maybe we have talked about this before but that’s some of what it made me think of, though not entirely the same. Xoxo

  3. Al, I love that. It’s more coherent than what I’ve been able to string together and it’s the principle I’m trying to convey. I really appreciate your spin on it-such a beautiful and true idea, we can’t really love Him until we know Him. And I really agree with you about the automatic part. It’s really quite incredible to me. Thank you for sharing your perspective.

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