Relationships matter the most.
My family faced a huge challenge sometime ago. It was enrollment time, and we did not have any money for it.
My regular job is just enough for our family’s daily needs, so I also engage in sideline business. My partners and I look for funding for some local projects. Currently, we are handling two clients, working diligently for the release of the required capital for their respective ventures. At the start of the year, I was personally confident that, because of our efforts, at least one of these projects would soon be funded, and we would get our due commissions.
From what I would earn, there would be more than enough to settle our mountain of debts, have our house renovated, buy our own family vehicle, and, of course, get our daughter enrolled. The last was actually our most pressing concern.
However, there were some delays that, I now believe, were divine in nature.
The week that school started, my daughter wasn’t enrolled yet. Until the very last minute, I counted on the release of funding for the projects that we were working on so that I could get my commission and be the hero of the day. But that was not The Lord’s plan.
A couple of close relatives learned of our predicament and offered to help. We awkwardly accepted. I was in low spirits after that because I wanted to be the one to get us out of our rut. When we finally settled the school fees, I was thankful but sad at the same time because I was really hoping that God, with His infinite power, would make a miracle and the transactions my partners and I were working on would push through so that the money that my wife and I badly needed would come, and everything would be okay. Well, the money did come, but not in the way I wanted.
And then God spoke to my heart. He made me realize that there are things more important than financial success. He made me realize that the people who helped us are what being a real loving family is all about. They offered their resources because they genuinely cared for us and their love is unconditional. I was so touched with these realizations.
I remember the time my wife and I got married. One of the prayers for us was that we would be surrounded with family and friends who would be there if we needed them.
I thank God because He has blessed us with the gift of loving relationships. Relationships that make us feel that His love for us is real.
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