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Forget about Me: I Love You

Forget about Me: I Love You

 
By:  Mission Team June 4, 2021
#AmazingNation, #love, #Suffering, #Truth, #Winning

Wow, I miss my family. I miss cuddling/hugging them. I miss laughing with them. I miss picking on each other (light-heartedly, of course). I miss shopping with them. I miss dressing up for Sunday morning mass, going out to eat, and then seeing extended family. If you couldn't tell, I MISS MY FAMILY!

Now, I'll be 100% honest here, I appreciate them and see their goodness more when I'm not around them 24/7. I think we can all relate with that, but it just kinda makes me sad. I want to be passionate about loving them and choosing to see their goodness, even if I am around them day in and day out. I remember when I saw them recently, there was such a broken and oppressive spirit in my family that I just wanted to run away.

But the grass always looks greener on the other side, doesn't it? I know that when I'm away from home, I only think of all the good things and moments I lack here. But when I was at home finally, I struggled to choose joy and was pained by all of the suffering I saw in my family. I just wish I could fix it all.

But why? Why do we do that? Why are we so annoyed and disappointed with where we are in our lives? Why do I waste the opportunity that I'm currently in by complaining and feeling sorry for myself, when last year I was desiring to be in this position and wasn't happy where I was even then? It's a choice!

I need to remind myself of this every day! When I see my family, it's not about being set on having the best time ever, but to love them the best way I can and to find joy in the most trying times.

I'm no saint and I know I'm going to fail, but I'm writing this to remind myself of what my duty is. My duty that God has given me (and you) is NOT to fix your family, but to love them.

I love them by listening to them, by putting my phone away, by being in their presence, by helping them, encouraging them, laughing with them, and crying with them, and by speaking truth to them.

This isn't going to be easy; not because I don't love them, but because I'm still human and haven't denied my flesh enough. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. I need to strengthen my spirit in the meantime, so that when the time comes, I can:

1. Be who God is calling me to be for them and to hold myself to a higher standard.

2. See them as who they really are, a gift, and not a nuisance.

My family has shown me countless acts of mercy, kindness, generosity, patience, encouragement, authenticity, courage, and love more than I can count. I just need to make the choice to see their strengths before their weaknesses.

These Bible verses encouraged me as I write this blog, and funny enough, the first verse is from the gospel the day I wrote the blog.

"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” ~ John 8:7

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." ~ Proverbs 17:17

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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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