There was a time

There was a time when I believed that everyone who lived in a big beautiful home could afford it. I assumed all marriages were built on love and respect and could survive anything. I believed that all parents loved their children and wanted what was best for them, even when they could not give it to them. I assumed that people had the capacity to love and would do so freely.

Time and circumstances has changed my view on all of those things as I watched people mentally destroy themselves to keep up a front for others, robbing Peter to pay Paul and making horrible decision to maintain a facade. I have watched people stay married to people they despise because it looks good or because the marriage provides financial security filled with mental and physical abuse. I have seen parents pour hatred and despair into their children because of the lives they chose. I have seen parents physically and mentally abuse those kids in frustration and despair. I have seen people full of self loathing attack others to create havoc and despair.

Seeing all of this could cause me to lose hope and attempt to do unto others as they have done to me but naaaahhhhh I’ve chosen to live my life a bit differently, I chose to give my life to Jesus  so I would not fall into the same traps.  I realized I do not have the power to change the world, but I could change me, with the help of my Lord and Savior.

. “The Lord’s teachings are perfect. They give strength to his people. The Lord’s rules can be trusted. They help even the foolish become wise.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:7‬ ‭ERV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/406/psa.19.7.erv

I chose love, each and every day because hate is to heavy a burden to carry.  I choose to love like I’ve never been hurt before so any encounter we have will be meaningful.

““I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭13:34‬ ‭ERV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/406/jhn.13.34.erv

“My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭ERV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/406/1jn.3.18.erv

“God is strong and can keep you from falling. He can bring you before his glory without any wrong in you and give you great joy.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:24‬ ‭ERV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/406/jud.1.24.erv

“Most important of all, love each other deeply, because love makes you willing to forgive many sins.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ERV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/406/1pe.4.8.erv

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