Thursday, April 24, 2014

Everyone Can’t Be in Your Front Row

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under emotional health, life

I was recently visiting family back home.  My cousins, who are more like sisters to me, and I were having a conversation on toxic relationships with family, friends and significant others, and how sometimes the best thing you can do is distance yourself from them. It seems harsh, but regardless of if you love someone, they can be bad to your health, heart, and spirit.  One of my cousins mentioned a poem she had read that gave her greater clarity and comfort when having to remove people from your inner circle and, in some cases, loving them from a distance.

Everyone Can’t Be in Your Front Row

Life is a theater so invite your audiences carefully. Not everyone is holy enough and healthy enough to have a FRONT ROW seat in our lives.

There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships, friendships, fellowships and family!

Everyone can’t be in Your FRONT ROW.

Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention to: Which ones lift and which ones lean?

Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?

Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are just going downhill?

When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse?

Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?

Everyone can’t be in Your FRONT ROW.

The more you seek God and the things of God, the more you seek quality, the more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God, the more you seek things honorable, the more you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.

Everyone can’t be in Your FRONT ROW.

You cannot change the people around you…but you can change the people you are around!

Ask God for wisdom and discernment and choose wisely the people who sit in the FRONT ROW of your life.

Remember that FRONT ROW seats are for special and deserving people and those who sit in your FRONT ROW should be chosen carefully.

Everyone can’t be in Your FRONT ROW

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  • City Girl

    This is so true! I started weeding out negative, draining people when I turned 30. I look at my friends now (at 37) and am so thankful to have the most amazing support system. I’ll be using this “front row” analogy, I’m sure, since it sums it up perfectly! Thanks :) !