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How many times in your life have you been disappointed about the choices of someone you care deeply about?  

What have you done?  

How often is our first reaction, criticism? Maybe you feel better momentarily but if you damage the relationship by your words and push that person away, is it really worth it?

I have tried the criticism thing a lot, feeling justified, especially if it is one of my children. I’m the “Mom” I have to teach them, right?

Anger doesn’t teach, it hurts.

All those times, more than I’d like to admit, getting upset did very little except raise my blood pressure and multiply the negative emotions.

Defensiveness is the first to respond and when one feels attacked and backed in a corner the focus, is on escape. They are not in a frame of mind to produce sincere and lasting change.

We are all created in the image of God and within us lies unlimited potential. His love is constant and unconditional, always.  

Loving a person despite their weaknesses and choices is a powerful way to initiate change, if and when they are ready. Maybe they never will, but if you want them to be a part of your life - it’s all about love.


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