'...Through love serve one another.' Galatians 5:13 NKJ
To be our most effective for God it's best to have the right people around us, giving us the necessary pointers, handing us the necessary materials or just cheering us on when we need it. And God makes sure that happens. Whatever He's planning for you, He'll drop you in exactly the right situation to make it happen how He wants. That means He'll steer you into the right place, at the right time, with the right group of people around you. That's pretty good of Him, huh?
Any of the people in your life could be there because God wants them to be. Seriously. If you carry the person of Jesus in you (like... by being a Christian) then God will be arranging things around you. He'll put people in your path. And they might just be the key to God's next step for you, whether that's by developing some part of your character, or by sending an opportunity your way. So take your relationships to God, the good along with the bad, and ask Him for the strength and maturity to recognise God-given people and opportunities. And make sure to be patient with, and grace-full to, every single person in your life. Who knows what role they may end up playing in the future?
So what now? Write down three names - the person you absolutely love to be around; a person you find difficult to be around; and a person who you miss being around. Ask God to help you unravel the reasons they are (or are no longer) in your life, and to give you peace about that. And hey, while you're at it, pray for those people too!
SoulFood: Micah 1-4; Luke 22:24-38; Ps 78:65-72; Pro 24:11-14