Independence is Overrated

When I was a kid I was so terrible at receiving. I was always “fine.” My siblings would nudge me with pointy elbows, and say under their breath, “Anna just take it.” It would be something as small as a Coke from a neighbor.

Today I am realizing what a blessing community and family are. We weren’t created to live without each other. I had to take my car into the shop today, and got a ride from the owners son to a place where my roommate could pick me up.

As I sat in his oversized diesel Dodge truck (reminded once again the difference between Northern and Southern California) I thought to myself I am going to be ok. One of those moments where you realize even 2000 miles from home, you are not alone. My roommate picked me up from the Starbucks where he dropped me off, and I did feel a little like a junior high kid without a backpack. Yet underneath it all I just felt so grateful that I have such amazing relationships in my life.

My roommates and I have had some challenging conversations lately. The interesting thing is that the hard conversations are coming from a place of strength and not weakness. As we evaluate our lives and goals, one thing is clear, we desire to grow and that requires stretching. We have vulnerably laid out some of our needs, concerns, and areas where we see that our relationships can improve. Even though at moments it may feel uncomfortable it is a really a beautiful thing.

I am learning or re-learning it is good and healthy to need people. Don’t get me wrong I need and enjoy alone time, but I also recognize that I need the people God has graciously placed around me.

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does it work”
Ephesians 4:16

Today’s challenge. 🙂 Evaluate some of the relationships God has given you. Do you see areas that need improvement? Perhaps it would be better to discuss those things now in a rational state, instead of waiting for yet another conflict to arise? Be brave, be bold, and reach for the invaluable potential your relationships have.

Hey, relationship is what life really boils down to anyway right?!

Grace to you!!

2 thoughts on “Independence is Overrated”

  1. Hi Anna, really enjoyed reading your devotionals.Keep it up galand yeah, family and friends is what lifes all about. Our God wanted it that way so we could enjoy the life He has given us.In every moment,Praise God,in difficult moments,seek God, in quiet moments, Worship God, in painful moments,Trust God, and in every moment, Thank God. Love ya Gal Grandpa Deke

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