God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay,and who you refuse to let go."- Anonymous
I saw this quote somewhere, and it really made me think about how people are placed in my life for a reason...
but I never think about me being placed in someone else's life for a reason. The concept sounds simple enough...but alas...it is not.
How do you know? Sometimes I look at people around me, at how I treat them, how they treat me, how they behave...and I look heaven-ward and ask...really Lord? WHY?? If nothing else, it is my desire to fulfill God's purpose in life for me...so if this person is supposed to be here...so be it.
But what is my purpose in other people's life? Am I supposed to be teaching lessons? Setting examples? Being a friend, being a shoulder...and most importantly...
what happens if I fail?
It's one thing to muck up my life...it's something else to not do right by someone else's. Lord knows I've let some people stay when they should have been exiled from my life, and let some people go that maybe deserved a second (or third...or fourth) chance.
I guess God's greatest gift to us is free will...and patience is a virtue...and guidance is divine.