Many years ago I befriended someone whom I thought we had a lot in common. As time went on, however, I found that each time I left her presence, I felt drained, even when I wouldn’t arrive that way. I began to pay attention to that. I would notice little things that soon became big things. I watched as she would subtly make comments to elevate herself. If I had a different opinion on something, or believed something different than she, I was brushed off or ignored. What I know now, these behaviors came out of the desire to feel better about herself, and really didn’t have anything to do with me.
After years of trying, almost to the point of not being able to be myself around her, I eventually chose to walk away from the friendship. It was a difficult, yet freeing thing I knew I had to do. I didn’t stop praying for this friend, even though our friendship came to a halt.
The above quote reminds me of that situation. I don’t share this story to talk badly about anyone, but to share from experience that sometimes, for our own health, and possibly for their’s, we need to walk away from certain people. We can give ourselves permission to do that… but to not stop praying for them. God can still do a work in them, even if we aren’t an active part in their lives.
Then, as the quote reads, surround yourself with those in your life who bring out the best in you. You know who they are. Those who believe in you and tell you so. Those who say to follow your dreams. Those who make you feel special by just being around them. Those who encourage you and support you.
I’m so thankful for those in my life who bring out the best in me. I don’t know what I’d do without them! And I want to be the kind of person to bring out the best in others!
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