It never ceases to amaze me how quickly we can bond with others. Anyone who has been to a camp or on a mission or ministry trip may have experienced this. When you share a special part of life together during a concentrated period of time, it forms strong ties to those on the journey with you. Those bonds may be only for a season, but some are for life! You can spend only a week or so with some people and feel more connected with them than with those you have spent years with.
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same."
"Life is relationships; the rest is just details." - Gary Smalley
From the time we are born life is about relationship with others…bonding between parent and child starts immediately after birth, a process that continues as a child grows. Then begins bonding with others…grandparents, siblings, friends, teachers, etc… The whole purpose of Christ dying for our sins is so that a holy, eternal God can have relationship with a sinful human us! We are built for relationship from the beginning to the end of our lives…for eternity!
"This is the kind of love we are talking about – not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God."– 1 John 4:10 (The Message Bible)