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When you think about relationships, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Some would say it’s a messy and complicated affair, while others think it’s a masterpiece and a beautiful experience. 

We all have different experiences and ideas about how relationships can go. There’s more than one type of relationship, and it isn’t romantic; it can be familial, friendship, faith, or your passion. Relationships can make or break us as a person. 

It’s never easy to navigate relationships because if it is, then there wouldn’t be life coaches or enlightening podcasts tackling relationship issues. There wouldn’t be plenty of movies about heartbreaks or songs about life in general. 

We as humans need to socialize and connect with others, it’s in our DNA, and when God created Adam, he said it is not good for a man to be alone; thus, he created Eve as his companion.

Heartbreaks and the need for connection bind us together, and it gives richness to life; it balances our perceptions. It helps us be vulnerable and at the same time stronger. 

When it comes to working out a relationship, whether romantic or familial, it’s the same thing as cooking in the kitchen. Cooking is therapeutic and can be done alone.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your own company, but relationships make us strive and be inspired. But what is better than cooking with loved ones and friends? 

Cooking requires coordination, communication, and having the same goal to put food on the table, not just ordinary food but also with love and effort. Cooking helps you get to know each other better; what is the food you don’t like, and what are the foods you’re allergic to? 

Cooking in the kitchen can leave plenty of dirty dishes on the sink, miscommunication, mistakes, burnt food, and unexpected mishaps along the way, but you and your cooking partner work it out. You try again and get the right ingredients until you get it right and love what you created.

Getting in the kitchen can be personal; it’s where you put your heart and soul is; cooking is a skill learned over time; whether you study in a culinary school or the classic home cooking, it still hits home. 

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”- 1 Peter 4:8: 

Relationships require you to be vulnerable, strong, honest, and unconditional, it may not be perfect, but the experience will shape you in the process.

 Relationships help us know ourselves more and keep on teaching us right from wrong. The right relationship allows us to forgive, be better and see the love of God deeply.

The truth is there’s no such thing as a perfect relationship. So drop your notion that it’s filled with kilig all the time, and it’s all rainbows and bursts of sunshine. Relationships are hard work; even our relationship with God requires work and tons of grace; it’s a two-way street to make it work.