Hold our relationships tightly, not lightly.
God is very deliberate about the relationships He puts you in. You’re going to relate to different people in different ways, but each contact you make with others has a purpose–for you and for them. Don’t take your relationships lightly.
What you say–to your family in the morning, your coworkers at the office, the clerk at the grocery store and the friend on the phone–is important. Your words speak who you are. But don’t overemphasize your words at the expense of your life. The truth is that the people you meet are more likely to see Christ in your actions than in your words.
The apostle Paul did a lot of traveling, and he wrote a bunch of letters (they’re called epistles) to the people he visited. He compared the life of a Christian to a “living letter,” meaning that your life is like a “letter of recommendation,” written on the hearts of others.
Your lives are a letter written in our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 2 Corinthians 3:2