Saturday, July 5, 2014
It's hard when you realize you just can't change a difficult situation belonging to someone you love. When you finally realize that it's beyond your control. When you've tried and tried and given and given and have come near to losing your own health with worry …. But it's true… you have to let go of it.
I guess you have to let those you love live life on their own terms. As long as they know (and you know) the consequences are theirs too.
I have found that…. life whispers… and if you don't listen … it gets louder. Some people aren't good at listening to whispers … Maybe they don't like to be that cautious. They need adventure and risk. But listening often keeps us from making bad choices. Not always… ahhh… we learn from our mistakes too, but the times I've ignored the whispers, things did not go well.
And life is about choice.
We can't take on the heaviness that someone else has created by their wrong choices… We cannot take on the heaviness of their consequences. Especially when we have given our all in trying to help and mentor and coach and … sometimes even rescue. Our hearts will literally be torn up. We can't sacrifice our life for someone who seems to want to waste theirs… as sad as that is…
Ah, but we can pray. We can love and we can hope. Situations can change, but usually it's not because of us. It's because of something outside of our own influence and control.
God doesn't want us to lose our joy. The joy that life is … and all that life contains!
So let's learn to let go. Let's learn to say no. And enough. … And learn to listen to the whispers before they get too loud.