This blog is the first in a yearlong series exploring the idea of Covenant Relationships. I’d love, ultimately for this to be an ongoing conversation about love, friendship and deeper relationship with God, so would you comment below with your thoughts? Or better yet, consider guest posting on a topic you think might fit? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I were to sum up in a word what Strings Attached Ministries is all about it would be relationship. With others, with God, with ourselves- our heart here at SAM is to help
Christians people find and build deeper, meaningful relationships in their lives. This year, I’d like to take some time to be intentional in having a conversation about what practices and disciplines living the connected life requires and what roadblocks stand in our way.
I stumbled across this idea mid-sentence as I was speaking at #Small Town 2012 earlier this month. As I was wrestling with the insurmountable task of speaking about developing covenant relationships online in ten minutes or less, I made the comment that I “could write an yearlong blog series on this topic and not even scratch the surface.” Hmmmmm…
So here we are, a few weeks later, doing just that. So this year, let’s have a cup of tea and chat about relationship….and how to make it richer. I thought we would start off by defining what I call covenant relationships.
The word covenant is defined by Webster’s dictionary as:
“Covenant: a usually formal, solemn and binding agreement between two or more parties.”
So in this sense a covenant relationship is a relationship with commitments and obligations. It is solemn and binding, it has consequences…it is a “strings attached” relationship. It is the type of relationship God models for us in His relationship with us. It is the type of relationship we were created for.
Most often, when I speak about covenant relationships, people very naturally think of marriage, but I believe God created us for covenant relationships with our family and friends as well.
Over the next year, on Fridays, we will take an in-depth look at what I believe the hallmarks of a covenant relationship are, what practices we need to put in place to learn to develop these in our own relationships and how to overcome the roadblocks that stand in our way.
One last thing (and a confession), it took me three edits to finally commit to writing on this topic once a week on a specific day. Those of you who have followed my blog long know that I am not always consistent with my writing. I am making a commitment to you to try harder in this area. Will you help me? I could sure use your prayer, your encouragement and, perhaps even your words.