This baffles me. It floors me every time. But, it's a reminder I often need. I've mentioned several times that I feel I grew up in this wonderful, protective bubble. No, things were not perfect. Yes, people let me down. Kids can say ugly things. However, generally speaking, I grew up wearing rose-colored glasses.
In the past few months, I've learned some pretty yucky stuff about a person I used to have a fair semblance of respect for. This person has said biting, critical, inexcusable things about my friends, my family, and myself. I don't know why. And to be honest, the why doesn't really matter. What does matter is the way I choose to handle myself.
See, I firmly believe that there is purpose behind each person who walks through the door of your life. Some walk in for a season and some for a lifetime. I'm starting to learn that sometimes the most holy and spiritually healthy thing to do is to let go of some of the people that cause you incredible pain and to allow God to purpose your pain. Should we pray for these people? Of course. And if they are lost and don't know Christ, then we should be in sincere prayer before God about how to handle the situation. One thing I have learned with absolutely certainty is that I cannot "fix" anyone. I can be an instrument, but that's God's business. Not mine.
And when the day comes, and I'm sure it will, that you come to the realization that you must let go of an unhealthy relationship, get ready. God will really do some awesome things, if you let Him.
My daily prayer is that God would make me a "woman of grace." I pray it every single day. To be honest, I don't really know what that will look like in my life. All I know is that I want for my relationship with Christ to be fully evident in my walk. Beyond words. I want it to be in my actions. In my demeanor. And, most importantly, in how I handle icky situations.
Right now, it's raw. Friends, words hurt. Whether they're true or based on someone else's wild imagination, they can be that final dagger. What I'm trying to hold on to is the reminder that some people are placed in our lives to tenderize our hearts in preparation for better things to come.
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