Reflection for Today
Proverbs 13:20 Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
What does it mean to have quality of life? Good health? Harmony at home? A happy heart? Financial security? Freedom of speech and worship? A fulfilling career? Grateful and content children? A meaningful marriage? A life of significance? Peace with God? Probably some of these elements and more make up a life worth living—a quality life.
The quality of our life is determined by the quality of our relationships. Who we spend time with is who we become. If we spend time with those wise in their finances, and if we pay attention, we can become wise in our finances. If we are intentional in our faith, we will worship with those of great faith. Our life is a reflection of our relationships
So, how is your relational portfolio? Are you diversified with people who bring value to all aspects of your life? Conversely, are you intentional to invest time and interest in those who look to you for guidance? Quality of life flows from not just receiving wisdom, but from giving wisdom. Wisdom works both directions for the good of the relationship. Furthermore, be careful not to excuse bad behaviour because you are trying to relate to questionable company. Draw a line far away from eroding your character’s creditability. You can influence others for good without being bad. In some situations, what you don’t do defines you more than what you do. Use business trips and vacations to model faithfulness not foolishness. Stand for what’s right—when others agree to what’s wrong.
(1 Corinthians 15:33). Don’t be fooled bad company corrupts good character.
Above all, quality of life results from your relationship with Christ. He is life itself and everything good in life flows from Him. When you grow in your personal relationship with the Lord affects the growth of your other relationships. Ultimately, Jesus is the life to model and follow. The resurrected life of Christ gives you the spiritual stamina to experience a quality life.
To consider: Who are the wise people I spend time with? Am I investing in quality relationships?
Give me wisdom lord. Draw me ever closer to yourself, so that like Job I can say, “I have heard of You with my ears but now You have opened my eyes to a deeper spiritual understanding of Who You truly are.” I ask this in Jesus’ name,
( by Boyd Baily – edited NW)