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The good we want to see rarely springs up overnight. Often long before we enjoy the fruit of our efforts we must plant the seeds and wait patiently. But we plant in hope, trusting we will eventually receive the good we’re longing for.

Many of our modern conveniences have dulled us to the realities of planting and harvesting. We tend to expect things ready-made and often just a few clicks away.

And we often apply this to our relationships as well. We’re more likely to dismiss a potential relationship when there’s not an immediate click with each other.

But in many relationships we have to play the long game, planting seeds of connection before the relationship reaches it’s potential.

For instance, this might mean consistently showing up to group events together, touching base regarding important life events, and simply enduring the many other inconveniences of building community.

By itself, each gesture doesn’t accomplish much. But each are planting seeds that help to forge our bond of connection with each other.

And this remains true even in our established relationships. We must continue to plants seeds to get from where we are to where we want to be.

Whether in friendship, or marriage, or even parenting, we must consistently show up and invest in our relationships in order for them to reach their potential.

Things will not always turn out as we had imagined, and rarely on our timeline. But we do our part to faithfully plant seeds in hope, trusting we’re moving ever closer to the love and belonging we deeply desire.

In the end, our life remains barren when we don’t plant the seeds to cultivate our relationships.

Plant the seeds needed today to enjoy tomorrow the deep and meaningful relationships you long for.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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