People come into your life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.
When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.
When people come into your life for a season, it is because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never known or done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But - only for a season.
Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people anyway, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
Think about this. See if you can cherish the reasons, the seasons, and the lifetime of all of your relationships and encounters with others you meet along your journey here. After all, life is a journey, not a destination. What can we learn from and share with all those we meet along this journey called Life? There is a reason, a season and a lifetime for each of us while we are here. Let's see if cherishing them all is something we can start to do and continue to do, beginning with today.