Sometimes people just get in the way. We've got important things to do. Tasks to complete. Jobs that need our full attention.

Perhaps you're sitting down to clear your inbox at work and a colleague comes over to your desk and asks if you want a coffee. But you can see that there's a conversation attached. So you so "No, thank you." with just enough exasperation to show that you've been interrupted. 

Maybe you're trying to get the house cleaned. It's your only morning to do it. But your 4 year old won't stop getting in the way. And then they want to do painting! Why is it always painting?!

It could be that you've just sat down in front of the telly for the big match. You're looking forward to the adrenalin rush of watching 22 other people do exercise. When your beloved puts a cup of tea in your outstretched hand and says, "Could we just have a quick chat about my mum. I wonder if we should be thinking about nursing care for her?"

People just get in the way. I was joined in bed at 5am this morning by a person, who took up a disproportionately large amount of space considering they're so small, and proceeded to ask me to relocate Peppa Pig amongst the covers at 5 minute intervals.

The problem with finding people an inconvenience is that life is about relationship. It is the reason that we exist; to enjoy relationship with God and each other. Relationship is what it means to be created in the image of God; Father, Son and Spirit who is in perfect loving relationship in all eternity.

That's why when Jesus is asked what the most important thing to do in life is, he replies, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

And loving relationship is worked out in the practical business of sharing in life together. I guess that's why Paul ends his second letter to Timothy with a list of greetings and instructions about people. It's because relationship is at the heart of the universe and relationship should be at the heart of our lives that lines like "Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia."( 3 Timothy 4:10) matter.

Because in the end it's all about people.

 

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