Café Menu Monday, January 5, 2015
Today’s Special is: If It Is Possible
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Luann Prater
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (NIV)
Easier said than done, right? Especially, when that one person is pushing their agenda (and your buttons) and becomes upset if you don’t embrace it.
I’m Luann and I have relationship issues. My baggage could sink the Titanic without the aid of an iceberg. However, God reminds me that He redeemed my past and is adjusting my character daily to more clearly reflect His Son.
And to do that He regularly places “grinders” in my life. Grinders? Those who grind away at me until all my nubs are worn off! Maybe you have grinders in your life too?
When a relationship slips into wearing mode, I try to check three things:
Confronting difficult people is hard. Understand that you can control how much of a negative impact they have on you. Focus on your Savior and your own behavior.
Take some time this week and pray for each of your relationships. Ask God to be a part of each one and to guide you in being a loving, trusting and peaceful part of each relationship.
Father, how easy it is to fall into relationships that absorb our strength. Refocus our attention on You and how You want us to behave. Teach us how to set healthy boundaries in all of our relationships. May we always reflect Your Son, Jesus, in whose name we pray, Amen.
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