I had the opportunity last week to sit down with the rest of the band to reflect on 2016 and set some goals for 2017.  We had coffee and discused where we'd like to be, as a band, at the end of the year.  God provided us so many amazing opportunities in 2016 and we are looking forward to was He has in store for 2017.  I enjoyed getting to spend a little time with the guys and having the chance to share what we desire for the ministry this upcoming year.  

It's so easy to get caught up in life and ministry that we forget about the people we care about. Sometimes it's just a phone call or a quick cup of coffee together that goes a long way. A vital part of any relationship is making an effort to spend quality time together. I care about each of the guys in RtH a lot and desire deeper relationships with each of them.   

I'm reminded of a verse in John 13 where Jesus, speaking to His diciples, commands them to love one another.  He even takes it a step further and says "just as I have loved you."  Think about that, that's some pretty incredible love.  Jesus went on to die to pay the sin debt of those men and the rest of world.  If we are commanded to love as Jesus loved us, I believe it is a small price to pay to take a few moments each week to appreciate the people we care about. Our families, close friends, ministry teams, small groups, band members, etc.  Relationships that we desire to continue to grow and flourish require effort.

I believe if we, as Christians, truly love and care for those around us, we will begin to shed a positive light on the church.  It begins with those closest to us, then moves to our outer circle of friends, other church members, co-workers, etc. After that we move outside of the people we are in contact with each week including strangers and even our enemies.

This week, let's take a look at our relationships. Are we putting in the effort needed to not only keep the relationships alive, but cultivate them to grow?