Isn’t it amazing how we don’t want anyone to rule our lives or constantly tell us what to do, yet we feel perfectly fine trying to boss other people about. I noticed this about myself when I had a fall out with a friend. I could not for the life of me understand why they wanted to take a certain path. No matter how they explained the situation, I could not see it from their point of view. I spent a lot of time, energy and emotion trying to get them to see things the way I did. Nothing changed until I understood I needed to change. I needed to change my approach.
I have learned that when it come to people, I will never be able to force anyone to change. Only God can change people (and I still dont think he forces it). Instead of forcing my ideas on others (pretty much always ends badly), I need to pray and leave God to guide and develop them.
Taking this approach has given me my peace and helped me have better quality relationships. There are times I slip up and find myself being a nag. I haven’t quite perfected this yet but I am working on it and noticed my life is so much better.
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