I have in my office a single cup coffee brewer (it’s not the big name brand, but it does the job). Naturally, since I had been out of town for nearly two weeks, it had not been used in a while.
So on Sunday morning, when it was used, the coffee started coming out where it was supposed to, but also in places it was NOT supposed to...and made a big mess.
I figured it must be a fluke...a faulty pod perhaps. So on Monday I made a cup of coffee and the exact same thing happened.
After getting a little upset and thinking about throwing the entire thing out and getting a new one, a much more rational thought hit me: “Hey, Dummy, why don’t you try cleaning it!”
So I took all the parts that can be taken off to the sink in the kitchen and washed each of them. After drying them off, I took them back to my office, reattached each of them and put on another cup of coffee.
Low and behold, it worked like it was supposed to! I guess it didn’t need to be replaced, it just needed a little TLC (tender loving cleaning).
Relationships can be a lot like that. They can start “acting up” and we may be tempted to just throw it away (that is what our culture and society has taught us...if something isn’t working, just throw it away and get a new one - no matter how “valuable” it once was to you).
But some relationships are precious. Some are vital to our very survival. If we throw them away just because of a mishap or mistake, we will regret it. Maybe something just got “clogged” and we need to give that relationship some TLC (tender loving care).
If a relationship is dragging you away from God, then it does need to be thrown away. But if a relationship is hurting, but that relationship draws you closer to God (or, perhaps, it IS your relationship with God) then try giving it some TLC and see if it doesn’t start being all it is supposed to be again.
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)