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It is important to connect with the right people in life–people who can inspire you and bring joy and happiness into your life. At the same time, you need to disconnect from those that bring misery and unhappiness into your life.

There is a biblical story that illustrates this inspirational message. Sitting at the table at the Last Supper with the Lord were John, Judas and others. Judas betrayed the Lord. Of course, the Lord knew that Judas was not to be trusted and so he dismissed him from his presence. It is always important to know who is sitting at the table with you.

To this end, there are friendships and relationships that you need to walk away from or dismiss them from your circle. People who drag you down and bring unhappiness into your life are harmful, no matter what you do. You should ask God to show you what to do and to give you grace and courage to do the right thing.

If there is a relationship that you need to walk away from—one that will be harmful no matter what you do—ask God to give you courage to do the right thing. God does not want people to distract you from the plans and purpose that he has for you. If a relationship is draining and pulling you down, walk away and trust God and his amazing power in your life.

Connecting with the right people is paramount for a healthy life.  Michelle Obama suggests this about relationships: “Choose people who lift you up.” Whether in marriage or friendship, toxic relationships are characterized by a lack of trust, controlling behaviors and frequent lying. Often in a relationship one person is prioritized instead of coming together as a team. While a toxic relationship can, at times, be healed, both parties must be willing to adapt and work on the relationship.

Communication is the building block of any relationship and the ability to acknowledge issues and accept them, depends on how well you are attuned to each other. Some communication can be emotional but accepting emotional communication can help in building a better connection with the person. So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten