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As my family transitions into a new season, my takeaway from this past season is this: we are called to love people for who they are not for what they do or don’t do. If our journey in this life is to look more like Christ then expect to go through seasons where He will allow situations to come our way to grow us. It’s up to each of us whether we pass or fail. He’s looking at how we will treat others despite what’s been done. Will we love them, respect them, do the hard thing He’s calling us to do OR will our flesh give way and ugliness get the best of us? We aren’t responsible for their actions, but we will be held accountable for our own. Choose wisely.
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We all have those moments when the one we thought would be there isn’t. When the words are spoken that shatter or the action is taken that disappoints. No one is immune from the things that can shake our world and at times break our hearts. We may be caught off guard and feel surprised by what some may do or say. So in those moments, as hard as it may be, I have discovered the safest and wisest response is to lean into love and love people anyway. I didn’t say it’s the easiest or most desired response, but it is the one that will ebb the frustration and quiet the soul. And it will often stop you from the reaction you are most likely justified to make, yet you can actually be better and rise above that which seeks to hold you down. When things seem a little confusing or even out of control, lock onto love. His love for you, your love for Him and let that love lead you. This kind of Love is strong and it’s a love that doesn’t ignores what needs to be addressed but filters what comes next. We all fail and we all fall short. We are not immune from those moments that knock us off our feet but neither are we immune from the power of love and how it can pick us back up and help us walk on. So today be strengthened, don’t allow your life to be derailed by someone’s careless words or actions. Choose to give thanks and remember that a moment of surprise doesn’t have to lead to a lifetime of offense.