Relationships take work – oh no, that four-letter word!
On a recent episode of Grant Cardone’s podcast, “The Cardone Zone”, he was talking with his wife, Elena about the holidays. His podcast comes out just about daily, and they share the podcast weekly on what they call “The G&E Show”. Grant asked Elena for her “wish list” for the holidays, and it was easy to hear how difficult it was for him to truly listen to her list. As well as they apparently work together, they definitely have some issues. And that’s because relationships take work…not just your financial providing work. Your actual work ON and IN the relationships. Here’s why I bring it up.
Relationships take work and your will.
The first human relationship God ever created (and yes, He DID create it) was the husband-wife relationship. One man and one woman. Next to the relationship in the Holy Trinity, no other relationship is as important. And no other relationship is as meaningful and fulfilling. Not your relationships with your friends, your kids, your dog…not any others. That’s not to say those aren’t important. They’re just not AS important.
And when I say relationships take work and your will, it couldn’t be more true than for you and your spouse. You might have noticed…men and women are extremely different. And that difference can break a relationship into pieces without an act of your will to love your wife or your husband as you’d like them to love you.
Speaking from the man’s perspective (since that’s what I am), I can tell you there’s nothing more confounding, confusing, or conflicting than a woman. I can also say there’s nothing more refreshing, more relevant, or more rewarding than the love of a woman. But the love doesn’t just magically appear. It takes work. And oftentimes that work requires an act of your will because you don’t feel like doing it.
Your will is a gift from God so look to Him for how to use it.
When you get to Heaven (You ARE going, aren’t you?), God won’t be looking at a ledger showing the vast or meager amounts of wealth you acquired for your family. All the riches of the earth are like tiny grains of dust to Him. No, all you need to do to find out what’s important to God is read His word. You’ll discover His three most important ingredients for healthy relationships: Faith, Hope, and Love. And you’ll see how Love tops the list…and How God wants you to use it.
My hope for Grant Cardone is that he’ll see how his relationships with his wife and kids are far more important than how many more “deals” he can deliver. No amount of money will ever equal the time investment he makes in those relationships. Ironically, he’s always talking about how you have to build trust for those client relationships and those deals. And yet, all those deals are just an exchange of money for products, services, and information. They’re all temporary. But investing lots more time in your loved ones can provide a huge payoff with eternal benefits.
So even though relationships take work (sometimes a ton of it), God wants you to put that work above all else. And He’s written a thorough manual on how to do it. Make it an act of your will to start reading it right away.
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