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Your reaction matters.

For every action there is a reaction. And, as much as we may wish we can control the actions -- we cannot always do so. What we can control, however, is our reaction. For instance, when something happens to you that may cause you to stress out, cry, or throw your hands up in defeat, you aren't doomed. You have a choice. 

(1) Are you going to let the action defeat you? Are you going to forfeit your happiness? Are you going to stay smug by withholding your forgiveness or failing to find acceptance? Are you going to let the other forces at play win? Are you going lose your ability to love?

-OR-

(2) Are you going to get over yourself and come out on top? Are you going to let love lead and heal? Are you going to find your happiness by letting ill feelings go? Are you going to move forward with forgiveness and acceptance? 

It is easier said than done, I know. But, practice makes perfect. So, start practicing today. 

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Each one of us has a different road in life. God has carved out a tiny piece of a gigantic puzzle -- and that little piece is you. As hard as you may try, you may follow God's plan for you. But, you are bound to mess up and that is ok -- you are human.

How do you want others to react to your mistakes? .... That's right, I want to be forgiven, too.

Those around you -- your friends, your colleagues, your family -- they will mess up, also. Just like you. And guess what? They want forgiveness, too.

You want to feel good enough and worthy.
You want to feel strong and capable. 
You want to feel beautiful. 
You want to be kind. 
You want to make a difference. 
You want to feel loved. 

Everyone around you wants the same thing. 

Our roads may be different. Our stories, our backgrounds, our lives, our goals, and our gifts may be different. But our desire for acceptance and love is the same. 

Think about this the next time you find yourself in a situation that prompts you for a reaction.

"Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."
- Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

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