Monday, September 9, 2013

Of Life, Love and Family

Today's special guest is John Tracy Wilson, author of the book Of Life, Love and Family.


In “Of Life, Love and Family,” John Tracy Wilson transparently bares his discoveries on building relationships that are life-changing. This book is for everyone who craves the richness that comes from knowing your life has meaning. As John says: “Whether idyllic or defective, relationships are the fabric of life. We are the threads that determine how the pattern of that fabric will take shape.”


Relationships...they’re overrated – family, friends, love interests, as well as God. The level of grief is just too great. Hurt and pain are far more likely to be the abundant yield than any lasting happiness or joy. Cynical? Maybe – but it’s an easy opinion to endorse, until you’re brought to the realization that life isn’t really about our comfort and bliss. Life is all about relationship.

Can I be an integral piece of the puzzle, a vital part of the master plan?

Does my life even have enough significance to make a difference?
Are relationships really worth it, or is it all fallacy?

Is a relationship with God essential to my happiness?

Does God want to know me on that intimate of a level?

Relationship is what we were created for. There’s more at work here than feeling light and fluffy – having everything laid out nice and neat. Quoting a lyric from one of my songs:  

Plans were laid before we were made; we’re not some cosmic brew

There’s more at stake from the ripples we make, than simply passing through

I haven’t always believed the things I will ask you to consider. Through the years many of my relationships haven’t reflected an image of anything close to perfection. But EVERY relationship, from the one beginning first with our creator God to those that are tangible, holds the purposeful task of being a quintessential layer of who WE will become. Likewise, we also aid in the make-up of who OTHERS may become while we impact and contribute to their foundation, shaping their design as our lives intersect on the way to our completion. Whether idyllic or defective, relationships are the fabric of life. We are the threads that determine how the pattern of that fabric will take shape.

In the coming pages I will be sharing lessons and insights I have grasped about our daily living and time here on earth – both of inspirational encouragement and cautionary warning. These are drawn from my personal experience with situations and circumstances that most of us seem to naturally encounter as we take in and breathe out the elements that form the atmosphere of relationship. Even when all is not perfect and the negative appears to stake it’s entitlement on the reality of our existence, we can still take positive steps to grow from and build meaningful relationships with unending worth, as we find ourselves ever closer to eternity.