Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Words for Wednesday - Slightly Late Edition

You don't have the power to make people be other than who they are. You can, however, learn to be more than you've been. - Laura Schlessinger
How many of us spend our time trying to "improve" others. (You know the old joke, "I love you, you're perfect, now change.")

Imagine what our lives might look like if we took the effort on ourselves (and as a Christian, I believe the Holy Spirit is essential for this) that we spend on trying to fix others. The only person I can control is me. And I'm pretty bad at it. Guess I ought to work on that first. Unless I graduate to Rachel Lynde status. You remember Rachel Lynde, right? The nosy busy-body helpful matron from Anne of Green Gables:
There are plenty of people in Avonlea and out of it, who can attend closely to their neighbor's business by dint of neglecting their own; but Mrs. Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain. - L. M. Montgomery
I know Mrs. Rachel Lynde. And you (and I) are no Rachel Lynde.

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