Extension, Adjunct, Counterpart, Companion, Complement, or Other?

There are so many ways persons or things can be related to other persons or things. Just thinking positionally, consider how things can be related. Here are a few: above, below, beside, beneath, within, without, in front of, behind, about, around, etc.

How things are related often reveal more than position though. There are other factors to consider besides position. There is the whole who, what, when, why, where track to follow and then the whole realm of emotional subjectivity to the relationship, how do you feel about the relationship? Then there is the aspect of authority. Does one thing have the right to act upon or for the other? What about the synergistic outcomes of the relationship? Does the one cancel, add to or detract from the power, scope, influence, essence, contribution, image, likeness, etc of the other?

Relationships are at the same time both interesting to study and mysterious. What is your relationship to your parent, your spouse, your child, your friend, your family, your company, your associates, your club members, your neighborhood, your community, your nation, your race, your world, your God? You see how interesting this could be to study? By the time you spend 20 minutes on it you would need to start again because you very likely will have changed yourself (especially in your thinking) in some way thus creating whole new avenues and pathways of relating.

God is all about relationships. He created you for relationship and His good pleasure. But as we just pondered and wandered in our thoughts, it is often difficult to nail down just what these relationships are or are becoming. They are living and active too. Here are a few dictionary terms that relate to relating. I encourage you to think about your relationship to God, the Trinity, Man and your Household. Think about which relationships are God-honoring and which are not. I believe that God wants to bring about some change in your relationships with Him and others around you.

Pray and ask God to show you what right relationships look like and ask for His grace and wisdom to relate rightly as He would to Himself and others.

extension |ikˈsten sh ən|
1 a part that is added to something to enlarge or prolong it; a continuation

adjunct |ˈajə ng kt|
1 a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part

counterpart |ˈkountərˌpärt|
1 a person or thing holding a position or performing a function that corresponds to that of another person or thing in another place :

companion |kəmˈpanyən|
1 a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels : his traveling companion
• a person who shares the experiences of another, esp. when these are unpleasant or unwelcome
• a person with similar tastes and interests to one’s own and with whom one has a friendly relationship

noun |ˈkämpləmənt|
1 a thing that completes or brings to perfection

antithesis |anˈtiθəsis|
noun ( pl. -ses |-ˌsēz|)
a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else

partner |ˈpärtnər|
1 a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, esp. in a business or company with shared risks and profits.

spouse |spous|
a husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner.

father |ˈfäðər|
1 a man in relation to his natural child or children.
• a man who has continuous care of a child, esp. by adoption; an adoptive father, stepfather, or foster father.

child | ch īld|
noun ( pl. children |ˈ ch ildrən|)
a young human being below the age of full physical development or below the legal age of majority.
• a son or daughter of any age.
• an immature or irresponsible person
• a person who has little or no experience in a particular area

son |sən|
a boy or man in relation to either or both of his parents.
• a male offspring of an animal.
• a male descendant : the sons of Adam.
• ( the Son) (in Christian belief) the second person of the Trinity; Christ.
• a man regarded as the product of a particular person, influence, or environment

NOTE: in Christ we are all the sons of God. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28.

Think of more for yourself. Have fun and don’t forget to ask God what a right relationship looks like and to help you to have them!