Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7

It makes sense that gardens, grades, or even retirement funds need continual investments to grow and flourish. But many times, we neglect to take this approach with our relationships. We usually put in a lot of time, effort, and other resources in the beginning, but then we go on autopilot and think everything will take care of itself—we stop investing in our relationships.

If we want others to invest in us, we need to provide good soil for them to sow their seeds in. As we become healthier, so does the potential for our relationships since we are giving our best and being available. We need to invest our resources in things that will promote and maintain our own vital soil.

We need to ensure our soil has plenty of nutrients. As a pharmacist, I know the importance that proper diet and exercise have for our bodies. Many of my pharmacy customers could stop taking their medicine if they focused in these two areas. Unfortunately, many of us want to neglect ourselves then cover it up with a prescription; too many of us inhale buttery, fried foods and take an expensive cholesterol medicine. Unhealthy diets create more problems than just the expenses and side effects of the medicine as well as bad lab values. The poor lifestyle choices and lack of nutrients can have adverse effects on our moods, concentration, and energy, and that can make it difficult for us to give our best to others.