One of the most special gifts we have in life is those people around us.  The gift of relationships is something we should never take for granted. Realizing this, here are four simple rules for making relationships work in your life:

Appreciate those who are near you.  These are your closest friends and family members. Tell them regularly how much you appreciate them.

Help those who need you.  As bad as things may be, there is always someone worse than you are.  Go serve them.  Go help them.  Your own joy will increase as you do so.

Forgive those who have hurt you.  You weren't created to carry the load of unforgiveness and bitterness.  Forgive them.  It's not for their benefit but yours!

Forget those who leave you.  They are not worth another thought. Let them go.  Get on with life.

At the end of the day, our faith in God and human relationships are all that will last. Therefore, do all you can do today to make them work!