The single most important factor defining your future is the relationships you embrace. Your life is built by relationships. Relationships are like those red, illuminated buttons on an elevator, some take you up, but many take you straight down. Some take you up fast, while others take you down even faster. Whether or not you recognize it, every relationship you have takes you somewhere. In fact, these influential relationships make you the person you are today.
A good olive tree could yield from 10 to 15 gallons of oil per year. An entire grove, therefore, had the possibility of influencing an entire village, caring for their daily needs. And several groves influenced nations, the oil having been shipped to nearby countries, as well as distant lands. So a good relationship with olive growers was vital for everyone concerned.
Be protective of the time you give to others. Don't allow just anyone to be your friend. Those closest to you determine the outcome of your life. Associate with those who are going somewhere in life, those who are farther along than you are today. As you do this, you will soon walk into your divine destiny! There is one relationship that you must cultivate every day and that is getting to know Jesus personally, spending some time with Him. That is a process and it takes time and effort, but as you do, Jesus makes life "sweet". Get to know Him, hang out with Him, allow His contact influence your entire life, you'll be glad you did!
Pastor Mark Gooden
Marshall Family Worship Center