“Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God, the gift of just rule to the crown prince. May he judge your people rightly, be honorable to your meek and lowly.” Psalm 72:1
Wise words, President Ford. We have only once chance on earth to live a life pleasing to God. I question myself daily: Where I could have done something kinder, with better stewardship, and showing more love—especially to those hard to love?
We all know people who push our buttons. I can tolerate so much and then I’m done, finished, and want out of the picture. Now that I’m in the third chapter of my life, I see relationships in a different way. I want people around me who will inspire me to become a better person, someone who will help me learn and grow in new areas, and to spend quality time with in conversation.
Years ago, I had a friend that I spent a lot of time with and didn’t realize for years how she took control of our friendship. We got together on her schedule, went to her favorite restaurants, and she was quick to tell me if I didn’t hold up my end of the relationship. I had no choice but to let this relationship die on the vine.
Lord, give us insight to spend quality time with those who build us up. Amen.