Your Relationship Affects Your Identity

Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn is famous for asserting that you are the average of the five people you spend most of the time. These people could be family, co-workers, neighbors, or friends. Maybe your top five list is made up of people who you’ve chosen to spend time with, or perhaps you are simply stuck with those people because of life circumstances. Who you spend time with regularly affects your daily habits, dietary choices, conversation, and thought patterns.


Relationships Can Make or Break You

The people you spend the most time with have a significant influence on your life, whether good or bad. As adults, we may or may not notice how much our lives are affected by those people, especially if those relationships are toxic, creating stress, drama, or conflict. Yet, the right relationships can strengthen your life and catapult you into a lifestyle of success, love, and prosperity. There is a story in the Bible in which a paralyzed man is carried on a mat by his friends to see Jesus. He and his friends believe that Jesus might heal him. When they arrive at the house where Jesus is staying, they find that the place is so jam-packed with people that they can’t get in. So they carry their friend up to the roof of the house, tear a hole in the roof and lower their friend into the room where Jesus is teaching. Their efforts and their faith paid off. Jesus healed the man, and he walked away carrying his mat by himself.


Do Your Relationships Improve Your Life?

What’s remarkable about this story is that these friends not only demonstrated great faith in Jesus, but they also showed great love for their friend. They were willing to go to extraordinary measures to get him where he needed to have a life-changing encounter with Jesus. We all need people like that in our lives: four or five people who would be willing to grab the corners of our mats and carry us when we’re unable to get ourselves where we need to go. And in turn, we need friends for whom we would do the same thing.


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Think about what your life would be like if you were the average of a group of people who loved you that much. If you’re looking for some new relationships or if you would like to speak with someone about how you can better manage your current relationships, we hope you’ll click to get connected.

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