When asked “What must one do to please God?”, Abba Anthony, a Desert Father replied in a notable way. The first two pieces of advice were expected: Always be aware of God’s presence, and always obey God’s Word. The third statement was surprising: “Wherever you find yourself—do not easily leave."
The idea is that where you find yourself may be God-ordained! Being with others in a real relationship is hard; vulnerable, real-life friendships are often difficult because we no longer put the mask on in those types of relationships. Leaving will always look more attractive in the short run. What tenacity in relationships produces is worth more than gold. This is not to say that one should always stay in a relationship if it is not edifying, but working in a relationship (family, friend, romance, church) is worth it every time! The end result is a true GEM!