Reach - Then Teach
Dear Hannah: LEarning (Family Fantasies)
I have a track record of cutting people off - and then leaving it like that.
I do not let anyone or anything get me warm twice.
Carrying the burden of offense is a hard way to live, though.
This is a little more subtle than unforgiveness - but can be just as burdensome.
When I carry offense, sometimes nothing major has happened ... but I often decide that I will not allow anything at all to happen with the person who offended me.
That may take it too far.
If I am merciless in judgement, then I will be shown no mercy. (James 2:13)
So the need for boundaries is clear, but I am learning to stop short of finishing my stories of teaching people how to treat me with "piercing periods".
I am learning how to finish them with "kind question marks".