Relationships that Matter

When I was in university, I was a part-time student, full-time scholar, half-time athlete and a whole-time emotional wreck. It was a tough student life.

In that season, God gave me people who welcomed me in their circle of care.

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Looking back, I don’t remember the programs, models or structures they used to reach out to me in trying to keep me sane. But I remember their kind words, the free dinners, the countless sleepovers, my birthday surprises and their consistent presence in my pity-parties.

Since then, I have gotten married, moved to another country, moved up the corporate ladder and carried the weight of the world on my shoulders.

I had to fall flat on my face before I realize that I cannot fix things by myself. Deep down inside of me is still that young college student, who longs to be protected from the harsh realities of my chosen environment.

Who do you remember at times of despair? The people who invested in you, who showed you that you are worthy of their love, time and money.

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Not everybody will take the journey with you all the way. Choose to be with people who bring you life and not those who take life from you.

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Don’t give up on people you nurture, who leave your embrace, it only takes a matter of time for the seed you planted to grow deep and lead them back to you.

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3 thoughts on “Relationships that Matter

  1. Bro, let me just make a more meaningful reply than ‘Awe. Super nice.’

    I thank the Lord for letting me cross paths with you and for making it possible that we became friends. Thank you for letting me into your life and allowing me to see God’s hand unfold in it.

    Basta, rest assured that I am thinking about you and praying for you even though I seldom reply or am just plain rubbish at keeping up with social media. I am happy that I can count on our relationship despite the distance, and infrequent talks and personal encounters.

    You know how words reach me. This cut deep – in a positive way. Love you, bro. May God continually make His face to shine upon you and give you unfathomable peace. ❤

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  2. Bro, let me just make a more meaningful reply than ‘Awe. Super nice.’

    I thank the Lord for letting me cross paths with you and for making it possible that we became friends. Thank you for letting me into your life and allowing me to see God’s hand unfold in it.

    Basta, rest assured that I am thinking about you and praying for you even though I seldom reply or am just plain rubbish at keeping up with social media. I am happy that I can count on our relationship despite the distance, and infrequent talks and personal encounters.

    You know how words reach me. This cut deep – in a positive way. Love you, bro. May God continually make His face to shine upon you and give you unfathomable peace. ❤

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  3. Oh, Violet, you made me cry. Why you do this? You, writer, you! Hahaha haay… I thank the Lord for the privilege of entrusting you to my care in your college years. I was only a newbie discipler then so it was only by His grace that I was able to love and guide you. Years later I have humbly realized that it will always be by His immeasurable grace. Always. Yesterday while you were telling your stories, His fingerprints were all over. It was Him who protected you, enveloped you in His presence in that foreign land. We could take no credit for that. All I needed to do is take that step of faith, take care of you, and let the Spirit do His thing. Now, it all makes sense. Why all the pain. And again, the Lord has proven His goodness, wisdom and sovereignty. That he is indeed trustworthy. Now He has given you the wonderful opportunity to pay it forward, to take care of your fellow sojourners. May God be glorified in your obedience, O wounded healer. Keep on fixing your eyes on Jesus. Prepare for the distress, your development and His amazing demonstration of power through you. And yes, we will always be here rejoicing with you, enduring with you, cheering on the sidelines, praising God’s glorious transforming power in that foreign land. Rise up from the ashes, o dear one. Rise up and rejoice! 🙌

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