With technology becoming more and more a part of our world, it is important to address the use of technology within relationships. Technology has the opportunity to strengthen, but also be detrimental to relationships. Today, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explain how to strengthen relationships through navigating the use of technology.
Our culture does not show how to handle disagreements well. Have you noticed? We are continually told that everyone can have their own perspective, but if you tell someone that you are right and they are wrong, that is close-minded or hurtful. We need to learn how to express our opinions and respect the opinions of others in a humble way that will encourage conversation rather than be divisive.
How important is it to be able to influence the decisions or direction in your relationships? A vital part of relationships is listening to each other. But, if your opinions or thoughts do not impact another person, is that something that should be addressed? Today, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff and Dr. Chris Grace talk through when you are not able to influence people close to you and what that might mean in your relationships.
Friends are those people that we do everyday life with. We live or work near each other, we do ministry together, we frequently connect online, or we work out in the same gym. This proximity helps us grow and sustain the relationship, and such “mere presence” leads to increased liking. And this often leads to growing feelings of closeness or intimacy. Is there a point that becomes too close? Should those relationships be set aside completely? Dr. Chris Grace explains some of his thoughts and insight on how these friendships influence a marriage relationship!
There are a lot of things in life that influence us, for better or for worse. Do you notice you care more about the opinion of some people more than others? Are you drawn to certain personalities over others? Do you trust people instinctively, even if you have just met them? Where does influence come from? Today, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff talk through influence, the power that it can hold in our lives, and how we can learn to be influenced by the things we want to be influenced by, rather than just anything we encounter.
Friendship can be a strong source of joy and encouragement in your life, both same-sex and opposite-sex friendships. However, when you marry, there are different perspectives on whether or not those close friendships of the opposite-sex should continue. Listen as Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff approach this issue from different perspectives. Which side of the issue do you find yourself on?
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