th (2)Do you ever watch Duck Dynasty? After seeing many posts on Facebook a few months ago, I decided to watch it and see what everyone was talking about.  I’ve been watching it ever since then.  The Robertson brothers remind me of some of my older brother’s high school friends. Si Robertson can make me laugh at the drop of a hat.

The season finale was this week and the whole redneck family took a trip to Hawaii. You can imagine how hilarious it was to witness this clan of bearded back woods individuals in a five star resort in paradise. It was one mishap after another.

Miss Kay and Phil had never been on a vacation in their lives.  Phil sat in the hotel room watching the Bourne Trilogy most of the trip; however, Miss Kay did schedule them for a couples massage.  I laughed when the massage therapist arrived and found Phil in his camo pants with his shirt off.  He talked nonstop throughout the massage as Miss Kay yelled at him to be quiet and relax.

While the episode was hilarious on many levels there was a driving message throughout the show… relationship.  This family works hard and Willie planned this trip for them to relax and invest in their relationships. Now his family didn’t go for his idea of vacation filled with itineraries and schedules, but they knew his heart was in the right place.  He wanted time with them.

How are you doing in the relationship department? Do you spend quality time with your family members both individually and corporately? A relationship is only as good as the time you invest in it.  This is true of our relationships with one another as well as our relationship with the Lord.

God is all about relationship.  His very existence speaks relationship and we were created in His image [Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19]. The cross is a beautiful picture of how we are to live our lives.  First, is the pole of the cross. We are to have a relationship with God first and everything else hangs upon that relationship [Deuteronomy 6:5]. It is the anchor. Second, is the cross tie of the cross. We are to have relationship with one another anchored on our relationship with Christ [Galatians 5:14].  In fact, when Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He responded in Matthew 22:37-39,

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

So how are things going for you in the relationship department with your friends and family? What about with Jesus? The good news is, no matter how you answered, there’s always room for improvement.  Why not start today?

Choose to invest in your relationships because they are the only thing you have with eternal value.