Why would I think that?!

  • Shane Adkisson
  • Dec 5, 2017

I realize my experience is a little unique.  I know most people have a different experience, but I've got to say, my relationship with my dad has always been good.

I know that's not the norm.  Many people have quite a different story, but this is mine.  I'm blessed to have a father like him.

My sister also has a healthy relationship with my dad.  But, I've noticed that it's a little different.  They talk about different things.  They help each other in different ways and meet different needs for each other.

My sister and I grew up in the same home with the same rules with the same values in the same family with the same dad, but the relationship that we each have with Dad is unique.

It's the same with God.

Your relationship with God will not look like my relationship with God.  

So why did I ever think that my relationship with God would look just like a friend's that I admire?  He seems to have a great relationship with God, but that's between him and God.  It's their relationship.  Sure, some aspects of connecting to God will be the same, but my relationship is going to look a little different than his or yours.  It's the nature of relationships.

He's the same God.  Scripture is very clear that He doesn't change.  But, you and I were designed with incredible individuality.  We're unique and so are the intricacies of our individual relationships with God.

Not sure where I got the idea that our relationships with God would all look the same.  It's kind of a dangerous assumption.  If I'm not careful, I might cause you to think that your relationship with God has to look just like mine.  Since you're not me, that would be a recipe for frustration.

Okay, so I've told you about a dumb idea that I embraced for years without knowing it and how God's been helping me see the situation more clearly.

Let me leave you with this encouragement.

Love God.  Connect with Him.  Use the spiritual disciplines that work for you and some time in the future, come back and try the ones that don't.  You may be surprised how your relationship changes and grows!