A couple years ago our family acquired a snake plant. This tall plant has sharp edges and a smooth texture. It’s green, but has a unique pattern that looks kind of like a garden snake. It’s also called “mother in law’s tongue,” but that’s not very nice, so I’ll reference it by its more common name.

This house plant requires little to no light, seldom watering and could be altogether forgotten about. If it were located in a discreet place it might be liken to that distant relative whose name you’ve forgotten and you can’t remember if they are still alive or died a few years ago.

Our snake plant wasn’t in a discreet place though. It was in our hallway. The one that all five of us walk and crawl down everyday. (Our baby is the only one who crawls. I only crawl on occasion).

One would think that we could handle this low-maintenance fixture in our home. But as should happen to all things with “snake” in the title, we let it die. (Sorry, snake-lovers).

The plant ended up getting our attention only after it started to look bad. We placed it on a table on our back patio where it could be appropriately forgotten in the shining sun and pouring rain of this January in the south. And then, as should be expected from such a nocturnal, it simply received too much of a seemingly good thing.

There are a lot of things that we manage well in our busy lives. We all have our priorities and do our best to maintain those things that are important each and every day. But when we forget about things that are most important and start to see them die because of our neglect, a last-ditch effort to save them often doesn’t work and even when it does, we are reminded how much easier, how much healthier it would’ve been had we not lost sight of it’s importance long before.

This can be true of so many things – money, our health, our organization, but relationships seem to be one of the things most often and easily neglected things in our lives.

Who is someone that you need to reach out to? Is there someone that you need to forgive or ask forgiveness? Do you need to call a friend or loved one more often and just be there to listen? How often are you using your relationships with other people for your gain versus showing compassion and love to the other person?

“A friend loves at all times” Proverbs 17:17

Neglect isn’t always intentional. We are busier than we’ve ever been before. But with busyness comes the need to remind ourselves of what is most important. Snakes? No (in my opinion). Snake plants? Meh. Your mother-in-law? Yes. Friends and loved ones? Yes. Always yes.