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In the last three days, we’ve covered three of our most important relationships (God, Husband, and Children). We’ve written down where we’d like to be and what we need to work on with each of them. For Day #6, we’re going to focus on our other relationships, chiefly our responsibilities as a Daughter, Sister, and Friend. Our part here may not be as important as our roles as Wife and Mother, but it’s still a huge enough aspect of our lives that it should merit some looking-at.
As a Daughter (and Daughter-In-Law). This depends on a couple things. Do you live far away from them? Should you call and catch up with them on a more regular basis? Perhaps they’d appreciate being sent more pictures of their grandkids or even the latest piece of artwork made by them? Or maybe you live just down the road from your family? Are you making sure you value them and spend enough time with them that they don’t feel like just the obligatory, back-up babysitters? Are there ways you can specifically pray for them? Perhaps your relationship with your parents or in-laws is a bit on the rocky side… What can you change on your end to avoid further conflict or make amends? (Be honest with yourself here. No one’s there to hear your excuses.) What first-step can you take to begin improving the relationship between your family and theirs?
As a Sister… Depending on their ages and stages of life, this can look completely different. I have some sibling-in-laws in their thirties who like to be remembered with an occasional phone call. I also have some younger siblings still at home that some quality time can mean the world to.
How about as a Friend? I’m going to say this right up front. If you’re anything like me, you WON’T have the time to be the perfectly helpful and social friend to everybody you wish you could. There are just too many friends and too many needs between them all. Somebody’s always going to be sick, overwhelmed, having a baby, lonely, hurting, or just plain bored (hopefully not the same somebody). You might want to help (or hang-out with) them all and feel guilty when your other obligations keep you home. That’s okay. After all, you can *only do your best* with the number of hours God has given you in the day. Of course, we can still strive to be faithful, helpful friends, but choose your close friends (those you feel ‘responsible’ for) carefully.
Here are a few of my goals for this year:
- Keep in contact with far-away friends and family on a more regular basis
- Be sure [my newly-married-in sister-in-law] feels welcomed into her new community (she just moved here from the other side of the country)
- Travel down to [my best-friend]’s house instead of making her drive here all the time (she lives 40 minutes away)
- Be more prompt about helping clean-up after family dinners
- Make a point of learning from and treasuring my Grandparents (I take for granted that they are always here when I want them)
- Begin treating [my younger sisters-in-law] like the grown-up young ladies they’re becoming
- Pray specifically for my friends and family’s needs on a regular basis
Tomorrow we’ll be focusing on our goals with our work, odd-jobs, and hobbies. Until then!
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