Today I borrow someone else’s words – not just because I am pressed for time, but because I had dinner with a very good friend last night, a woman of substance who lights up my life and gives me strength no matter how far apart we may live from each other geographically, or how long the gaps are between visits.

Some of you will have received this from other people as an email, one of those chain mails that I love to delete without reading, especially when they have been forwarded ad nauseam. It never grows old though, and when I look back at my life now, as I tend to do these days, I understand all too well the wisdom of reasons, seasons, and lifetime relationships.

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Are you a reason, a season or a lifetime person? ©MTHerzog

“People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed or just felt. They have come to assist you through a hard time, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. Then, suddenly, the person disappears from your life. Your need has been met; their work is done.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share or grow or give back. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They give you great joy. Believe it; it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons—things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all your other relationships.

Think about the people in your life over the years. Whether they were there for a reason, a season or a lifetime, accept them and treasure them for however long they were meant to be part of your life.

And when they are gone, be thankful for the gifts you received from them when they were here—for a reason, a season or a lifetime.”