“The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.”
~ Fred Astaire
“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.
There is someone in my life that comes to mind when I read this scripture. They are loud, overbearing, unrelenting, and the words seem to bounce off of them even when there is that rare moment of engagement.
They don’t follow anyone’s rules, and that has cost this individual in some ways. But for the most part they are silicone when it comes to hearing anything at all.
I have prayed for her for years, I don’t know what to do next, other than be polite and keep praying. Neither of us are at the top, but it is frustrating to feel as if there is no way to communicate. E-mail works sometimes, but their own responses are forgotten when the next “thing” comes up.
Just don’t have an answer. I have tried to think of what advice I would give if the roles were reversed, and prayer and politeness seem to be the only way, other than avoidance.
What do you do?
Lord, change me. I know that changing the individual is not anything I can do. Please let me see them through your eyes.
Because of Him,