I’ve been reading Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp. I came across this paragraph that struck such deep chords with me,

“The problem with relationships is that they all take place right smack-dab in the middle of something, and that something is the story of redemption.

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God’s plan to turn everything in our lives into instruments of Christlike change and growth. You and I never get to be married to a fully sanctified spouse.¬†We will never be in a relationship with a completely mature friend. We will never live next to a neighbor utterly free of the need to grow and change. We will never have self-parenting children. We will never be near people who always think, desire, say, or do the right things. And the reason for all of this is that our relationships are lived between the already and the not yet.”

Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (Glenside: New Growth, 2008), 108.

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