We have been sharing a lot lately in our Leadership Groups about bringing worth, value, and hope into people’s lives. To do this we need to focus on growing our relationships and this is going to require us to make deposits. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT reads, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” For any relationship to last over a long period of time, it must be the kind where you bring value and meet the needs of others. Therefore, it is very important to make deposits into the relationship. I like the way Anthony Robbins explains this concept. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people are in a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give and not a place that you go to take.” You can make deposits into any relationship by starting to do the little things that show your interest and show that you truly care. Here are just a few ideas that will help you to get started.
- Send an email just to say hi without asking for anything
- Send a card or a text on a holiday or birthday to say you’re thinking about them
- Express appreciation through a thank you note or a phone call
- Help others in times of need
- Encourage others in their dreams
- Compliment others on things they do well
- Be there for folks when they’re going through struggles and trials
- Ask someone if you can pray for them
I encourage you to step up and start making a concerted effort to make regular deposits into your relationships.