We have a saying in our family.
“Let him live.”
(Or let her live. Or let them live.)
The four in our household secretly know this means to let whomever we’re referring to, to live his/her own life. To let him/her be who they are without judgment or condemnation. Even if he/she is acting opposite of what we believe or how we live or doesn’t have much in common with us.
It’s been a powerful short little sentence for us.
When we’re tempted to judge, to correct, to assume, these words stop us in our tracks. When we slip into the thinking our way of believing, acting, or living is best, they help us see another’s perspective.
They help us see others and their lives in a different light. To allow you to be you and me to be me.
But, before I come across in my words that I live according to this sentence and attitude perfectly, let me set the record straight. I don’t. We’ve come up with this saying for a reason. If we (I) didn’t have a problem with it, we (I) wouldn’t need this as a reminder. It’s a whole lot easier to “let someone live” if I have much in common with him/her. It’s an entirely different story when I don’t. I continue to work at it.
I continue to work at allowing you to be you and me to be me.
How do you do with this, friend? Are you a master at “letting others live,” or do you sometimes struggle in doing so with those you don’t have much in common? With those who raise their children differently than you? With those who believe, talk, live differently than you? Or how about with those whom don’t agree with you on much of anything?
These words encourage me…
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 NLT
I pray they encourage you too.
The thing is, we can’t do much of this successfully on our own, but when we ask for God’s help, He’ll give us what we need to allow you to be you and me to be me. Even if we don’t have much in common.
We’ll talk more on this in the future.
Joining the Five Minute Friday community, free-writing on the word COMMON for five minutes straight. (Sorry, I went 6 this week!) Visit Kate’s place to read some amazing writer’s posts. Try it on your own too!
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