Sunday we showed you a clip from Cast Away starring Tom Hanks and Wilson, a volleyball.
Hanks was stranded on a desert island in the South Pacific and all he had was some packages that survived the plane crash. One of the packages consisted of a Wilson volleyball. Hanks used his bloody handprint to make a face on “Wilson” and the ball became his one and only companion the four years he was stranded. When Hanks was separated from Wilson, his anguish was both apparent and compelling. Compelling to make sure that our own companions through the journey of life feel loved and cared for. Always.
Companionship.
Relationships.
They make our lives what they are. They matter and frankly, it is up to us to make sure that our relationships are whole, complete, and that which brings our lives joy.
So, let’s take a pause today.
Note those people in your life that are the most significant relationships.
They are the people who . . .
Will fill an invaluable role as a confidant.
Will be the ones who pay attention and are willing to help when others aren’t.
Are invested in our being the very best we can be.
Will shape our character and help us grow into being a people of love.
Maybe you’ve heard the riddle about the five frogs sitting on a log.
Four decide to jump off.
How many are left?
The answer is NOT one. The answer is five.
Because there is a difference between deciding and doing. It’s one thing to be motivated for action, another thing to actually do it.
May we not just be “motivated” to think about acting, but instead may we act and make our relationships the best they can possibly be. It will create an amazing “Crib” for each of us.
The journey begins with the first step.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
May we all take the first step to make our relationships better today!

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