My family just got back from a great vacation. But I realized that part of what made it so successful was the recommendations from others. We borrowed tents from friends, got all sorts of tips about what sites to see, what to avoid, and so much more. If we had just headed out on our own, we wouldn't have had nearly the fun we had. But the collective wisdom we gathered from others made the vacation a successful one.
Ministry is much like that. One of my mentors used to repeatedly say,
"All effective ministry happens in the context of relationships."
But how does a relationship begin? Well, think through your friendships. Most of your relationships started in a very casual way:
Most people do not try to force a relationship. Most of us allow our relationships to begin naturally.
So let's apply this to Riverwood:
But I can tell you this: While those relationships might begin naturally, they won't happen by accident or magic. It means you have to actually stop by the food table and strike up a conversation with someone. It means you have to sign-up to serve at a FirstServe event, then say "hi" to those who show up. It means asking someone questions to get to know them.
I want to see you be Dynamic in human relationships. It does not mean you have to be a flaming extrovert, but it does mean you need to value people because God values people. And as you allow God to create these relationships, you will not only see God use you to bless others, but YOU will receive a blessing as well.
So reach out. Get to know others. Be caring. Love others. Be generous. And watch God improve your social IQ, making you more and more like Jesus. Leverage relationships for His glory.
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